28 May Harvest moving north into Oklahoma
While harvest continues in full swing across Texas, Oklahoma producers are kicking off harvest in the southwest corner. Last week, precipitation was limited throughout the High Plains. The warm, dry weather in Texas has allowed harvest to continue. As we move closer to summer, much of the wheat crop in the northern states of the High Plains is developing quickly.
Last week, showers brought the state 3 inches of precipitation. Although the state received some rain, producers in the Southern High Plains continued to irrigate wheat. Over the week, producers in the Low Plains continued to see wheat mature quickly. The average Texas wheat crop condition was very poor to poor. Wheat harvest is continuing statewide.
The end of last week, dry conditions brought a start to wheat harvest in Jackson County. After three weeks of rain, the state welcomed dry, sunny conditions with a statewide average of only .23 inches of rain.
The Oklahoma wheat crop conditions have decreased slightly since the previous week. Part of this is due to Fusarium Head Blight reported in the northern and eastern regions of the state.
According to the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, the first load of wheat had a test weight of 61.7 pounds. The quality of the winter wheat graded number one, while yields were disappointing at 5 to 10 bushels per acre.
Harvest is moving north.
The state experienced little to no precipitation last week. The Kansas wheat crop is 91 percent headed, above average from the previous year. Only 6 percent of the Kansas wheat crop was rated at very poor, while over 47 percent was rated above good condition. Summer is in the air and 2 percent of the Kansas wheat crop is turning. Harvest is getting closer.
Last week, eastern Colorado received precipitation above average, while experiencing temperatures 8 degrees higher than normal. Winter wheat across the state was reported as 94 percent jointed and 50 percent headed. Currently, most of the Colorado wheat crop is in good condition.
The state experienced warm, dry and windy conditions throughout last week. Precipitation was limited across the state, except in the north central and southwest districts receiving over .05 inches. Since April, the state has received 50 percent less precipitation than average.
The Nebraska wheat crop is 69 percent in good to excellent condition, while 30 percent is headed. Although the state has received less rainfall, the percentage of wheat headed has increased from 2 percent from the previous week.
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