The first loads of the 2016 HRW wheat harvest have been delivered over the last few days from central Texas northward into southwest Oklahoma. Most areas remain too wet for harvest with the majority of fields harvested in central Texas still averaging 14% moisture or above. Further north into southwest Oklahoma (includes some north Texas deliveries) harvest was running at a consistent pace with over 70,000 bushels delivered by late afternoon Thursday. However, numerous rain storms across the area Thursday night once again shut many combines down. Early reports of test weight have been very good. Local elevators are reporting 63 lb/bu – 64 lb/bu (82.8 kg/hl – 84.1 kg/hl) wheat. Early protein reports have varied greatly, but the overall average is currently about 11.5%.
A high probability of rain continues in the forecast over the next week for Texas and Oklahoma (especially Sunday-Wednesday), so wheat producers will be cutting with a sense of urgency in those areas currently dry enough to harvest.
Click link to download a PDF of the PGI HRW Harvest Summary May 27 2016