|The HRW wheat harvest is progressing slowly in Texas and Oklahoma with very little increase in acres harvested since last week. The cutting that has taken place in Texas has been southwest of Dallas/Ft. Worth where there has been little rain; harvest in this area of the state is now close to 70% complete. In stark contrast, there has been very limited harvesting northeast of Dallas because of rain over the last week. The same is true for southwest Oklahoma where very heavy rain was received last weekend. Only isolated areas of far southwestern Oklahoma have been dry enough to harvest. Where it has remained dry harvest is nearing completion, and yields have been very low, ranging from 10 – 15 bushels/acre (less then 1 metric ton/hectare).|
Wheat harvest has barely started in central Oklahoma; but the small amount harvested has been high moisture. Central Oklahoma has also received a significant amount of rain, so another few days of warm dry weather with sunshine and wind will be needed to allow more cutting. All areas harvesting in Oklahoma and Texas are reporting harvest dates 7 to 10 days ahead of normal. The areas that received rain (and delayed harvesting) will be somewhat closer to normal harvest dates. Areas from central Oklahoma northward into southern regions of Kansas are also 7 to 10 days ahead of normal maturity dates. When there are warmer temperatures and lower humidity, harvest will extend quickly into southern Kansas, possibly as early as next week.
Test weights continue to be very good in all areas, generally above 60 lb/bu (78.9 kb/hl). Early protein percentages are also reportedly very good, ranging from 12.5% to as high as 15%. However, yields remain disappointing, ranging from 10 to 20 bushels/acre (0.7 -1.4 tons/hectare) in most areas, with the majority in the mid-teens.