HRW Wheat harvest continues to develop at a very slow pace in the Southern Great Plains states of Texas and Oklahoma with very little increase in the total percent of acres harvested since last week. The cutting that has taken place in Texas has been south and west of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area where rain continues to be scarce. That localized area of the state is now close to 70% complete with harvest. In stark contrast, the areas north and east of Dallas have seen very limited cutting due to rain systems over the last week. The same is true for southwest Oklahoma where very heavy rain was received last weekend and only isolated areas in the far southwest regions of that area have been dry enough to harvest. Where it has remained dry (south of Altus into Texas from Vernon to Wichita Falls) harvest is winding down with yields from 10 – 15 bu.
Wheat harvest has technically reached central Oklahoma; however, the little wheat that was received has been high moisture. That area also received a significant amount of rain, so another few days of warm dry weather with sunshine and wind will be needed to allow much more cutting. All areas harvesting in Oklahoma and Texas are reporting harvest dates 7 to 10 days ahead of normal. Those 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 some 7 to 10 days ahead of normal maturity dates indicating when the weather does change to 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 lbs./bu. 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 in most areas (with the majority in the mid-teens).
View this PDF for visual test data from the 2009 harvest.