|The hard red winter harvest to date follows extreme drought in Texas and Oklahoma and a late freeze that extended from southern Kansas through Texas.|
The Blacklands (Waco to Dallas) of Texas across to Abilene report yields will be 20%-25% of normal, but protein is in the 13%-14% range with good test weights. Plains Grain Inc's (PGI) initial testing of data (June 17) support very good test weights and protein levels. Average results from the Abilene, Texas, and Altus, Oklahoma, grainsheds are showing good test weights (78.2 kg\hl), high protein (14.4%), very good 1,000 kernel weights (31.4 g) and very good kernel diameters (2.68 mm). The Southern Plains of Texas (Lubbock) has reported disappointing yields at 20%-25% of normal, but very good test weights and protein.
Southern Oklahoma averaged 10%-15% of normal crop, but very good test weight and protein in the 14% range. Southwestern and central Oklahoma will end up with 10% or less of a normal crop. Central Oklahoma yields and quality are very erratic. North Central Oklahoma is much the same, but generally the yields increase and are dependent on variety, planting date, grazing and management. Reports indicate yield ranges from mid-forty bushel/acre to zero.
Harvest is as far north as central Kansas and early reports reflect similar conditions as in northern Oklahoma (erratic yields and test weights, but good proteins above 12%).
Many areas of northern Oklahoma into Kansas, eastern Colorado and into Nebraska have had hail, wind and excessive rain over the last several weeks.