|Over the past week, combines covered a large portion of Texas. Harvest, which usually begins in the south and works its way north, has become unpredictable with elevators taking in grain across the Blacklands, Rolling Plains and Southern Plains regions. Harvest began in the southern edge of the Blacklands early in the week, but was temporarily delayed due to rainfall. |
Meanwhile, harvest in Abilene should be done next week with wheat showing good quality characteristics. Test weights have averaged between 58 and 60 pounds per bushel (76.4 to 78.9 kg/hl), with 13.9 percent protein and 11 percent moisture.
Some wheat-growing areas south of Dallas have had lower test weights, with the majority being less than 60 pounds per bushel (78.9 kg/hl) in Hillsboro, whereas other areas in the region are reporting test weights above 60. A wide range of yields were being reported due to freeze damage. Some areas are reporting yields as low as 10 bushels per acre, while other irrigated fields are yielding 30-40 bushels per acre.
Most of the state has started harvest, but still progressing slowly with just four percent of the hard red winter wheat harvested at this time, according to USDA.