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Oklahoma wheat harvest returns after rain delays

Rainfall parked combines in much of Oklahoma; but as fields dry, harvest is resuming. The Oklahoma Wheat Commission provided this week's progress report.

Shelley E. Huguley, Editor

June 7, 2024

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Oklahoma wheat harvest is underway once again following multiple rain delays. Harvest will migrate from the Oklahoma/Texas border to the Oklahoma/Kansas border, according to the recent Oklahoma Wheat Commission (OWC) report. The state's wheat harvest is 25% complete.

The wheat commission provided the following regional update:

Reports in all locations show test weights ranging from 59 pounds to 65 pounds per bushel. Some southern Oklahoma regions are reporting 58-pound to 59-pound test weights, but overall, most test weights are still holding at 60 pounds or higher statewide.

Proteins range from 9% to 13.5%, with an overall protein average reported higher than last week now at 11.7%.

Early reported yields are 40 to 50 bushels per acre in most regions. Higher yields are being reported on intensively managed wheat, with some yields on a few fields being reported in the mid-60s to low 70s. 

It is thought that the wheat has recovered in parts of northwest Oklahoma. However, several parts of far northwest Oklahoma and the Panhandle will still have lower yields due to persistent drought.

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About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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