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Growers anxious to start harvest in northern Oklahoma

Oklahoma growers are still waiting anxiously to begin harvesting in the central and northern parts of the state. This year’s wheat harvest is far behind normal and harvesting crews waiting until wheat is either ripe or dry enough to harvest. While wheat harvest continues in the northern parts of Texas, harvest is in full swing in southwest Oklahoma. Harvest will make it north slowly, but surely.

Three inches of precipitation fell last week in the central and northern parts of the state. Wheat harvest is continuing to move into the High Plains of northern Texas. Many producers have completed the 2009 wheat harvest season. The majority of the Texas wheat crop continued to stay in the very poor to poor crop cndition.


Triple digit temperatures allowed harvest to begin in southwest Oklahoma last week. Harvest is far behind schedule due to high moisture contents and wet weather. Only 9 percent of the state’s wheat crop has been harvested, while 94 percent has reached the soft dough stage. Crop conditions decreased from the previous week to the majority of the wheat crop in the fair to poor range.

The state received moderate to widespread amounts of rain this past week. Over half the Kansas wheat crop is turning color and 83 percent is in fair to excellent condition. While, harvest may be getting close to the Kansas-Oklahoma state line, only 2 percent of the state’s wheat crop is ripe enough to harvest.

Above average amounts of precipitation offered cooler afternoons across the state, which has slowed crop progress. Most of the Colorado wheat crop is in good condition, and 96 percent was reported headed last week.

The beginning of the week brought heavy amounts of the rain throughout much of the state bringing relief to dryland crops. Some storms produced hail and heavy rain causing flooding and damage to some crops. Much of the state received at least ½ inch of precipitation.
Ninety-five percent of the state’s wheat crop is in the fair to excellent range. Last week, an increase to the crop’s percent of headed wheat to 86 percent was reported. Harvest is expected to begin around July 1 in the southeast and by mid-July harvesters should be cutting in the panhandle.

South Dakota
Small amounts of rain were reported around the state and cold temperatures have slowed crop growth. Sixty-six percent of the state’s crop condition ranged from fair to excellent, and 31 percent is headed.


For more information e-mail crew@allaboardharvest.com. All Aboard 2009 Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.


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