Southeast Colo/Oklahoma Wheat Crop Hurt By Freeze
Harvest is nearing its end for southeastern Colorado, southwest Kansas and the Oklahoma panhandle. The Elkhart Co-Op Equity Exchange has 14 locations across the three states. Harvest got started June 21st in Oklahoma and Kansas. In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, Grain merchandiser Barry Meyer says harvesting conditions have been good with few interruptions.
With their broad territory, yields have been highly variable based on moisture. Yields are ranging from 5 - 20 with some up into the 30's and 40's, but that has been rare this year and most of that was irrigated.
The better yields are found in Kansas because the crop in southeast Colorado and the Oklahoma panhandle suffered from three big freezes. Myer says the freeze hurt the crop more than the drought. He says if we didn't have the freeze we were going to cut some decent bushels of wheat, nothing huge, but certainty a lot more than wheat we had.
There isn't a lot of abandonment because insurance companies are requiring farmers harvest the crop and they are finding the freeze hurt cut yields by 75 - 80 percent. While there isn't a lot of wheat production, the quality is excellent with protein running from 14 to 16 with good test weights. He says test weights are running from 55 up to 61 with most of it averaging from 58 - 59 pound wheat.
Currently, cutting is the most active in southeastern Colorado - around Springfield, Walsh, Vilas, Two Buttes, Campo, Midway and Pritchett. Harvest for the Elkhart Coop looks to wrap up in a week to 10 days.
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