|Rain has again slowed hard red winter wheat harvest in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and southwest Kansas during the last several days where one to three inch totals were reported in hardest hit areas located in the western Texas Panhandle. Lighter showers have plagued north central Oklahoma extending into south central and southeast Kansas. |
Protein improved this week as harvest advanced into northern Oklahoma, the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and southern Kansas. This brings the overall protein average to 11.7% for this year’s crop and compares to a final for the 2009 crop of 12.1%. On average, test weights dropped another pound per bushel from last week (61.9 lb/bu to 60.8 lb/bu) (81.4 kg/hl to 79.9 kg/hl) because of rain. However, thousand kernel weights are still averaging 29.8 grams while foreign material and total defects remained the same this week. While foreign material did not increase, it continues to be significantly higher than last year’s final number of 0.1%. Generally, wheat yields continue to be good and offsetting a reduction in planted acres in many states.
Harvest is projected to move rapidly again as fields dry out and the humidity drops. With just a few days of dry weather, harvest could progress as far northward as the Kansas/Nebraska line. As stated last week “harvesting in many rain soaked areas is becoming more important as broadleaf weeds are now starting to appear in many fields.”