The 2014 HRW crop has already faced some challenging obstacles. A continuing drought encompassing most of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and southeastern Colorado coupled with a hard freeze on April 15th over areas of Texas, Oklahoma and southern Kansas where wheat was in its most cold sensitive stage, will likely reduce yields by as much as 40% of last year’s crop. Additionally, April and May in those same states have included several days of 95 to 103 degree days, sustained 35 mph (plus) winds and humidity in the single digits. This during a time when the water requirements of the plant are at their greatest, as a result many areas suffered even greater damage to already stressed plants. Wheat in states north and northwest of Kansas are still in good condition, but will likely not be able to make up the production losses suffered by the southern and central Plains states.
Wheat harvest has started on a very limited basis in central Texas with expectations they will be in full swing in that area by early next week (contingent on weather as rain chances will increase over the weekend). Harvest is expected to begin (again subject to precipitation) in the next week to 10 days on the Texas/Oklahoma border and extending into southwestern Oklahoma. First samples are not expected in the lab until the latter part of the first week of June (approximately 2 weeks assuming no harvest weather delays).
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