Updated Farm Report on Harvest

Kingfisher Elevator

Kingfisher Elevator has been averaging 58.5 lbs. per bushel on the test weight. Moisture on the wheat has been averaging at 12.4 percent. Protein is averaging 13.4 percent. Reported yields for the wheat have been in the high teens and low twenties but averaging right around 20 bushels per acre. For canola, test weight has been running at 47.20 lbs. The moisture is averaging 8.3 percent. The oil is averaging 31.8 percent. Reported yields for canola are approximately 5 as a low and 18 bushels per acre as the high.

Omega Elevator

Omega Elevator has been averaging 58.5 lbs. per bushel on the test weight. Moisture on the wheat has been running at 12.7 percent. Reported yields are approximately
averaging at 20-25 bushels per acre.

Hinton Elevator

Hinton Elevator has been averaging 57 lbs. per bushel on the test weight. It has dropped since the last rain we had. Moisture on the wheat has been ranging from 11.5-15 percent. Reported yields are approximately averaging 25 bushels per acre.

Hennessey Elevator

Hennessey Elevator has been averaging 59 lbs. per bushel on the test weight. Moisture on the wheat has been running 12.5 percent. The yield varies from 10-25 bushels per acre. The canola is averaging a 45 lb. test weight. The oil has been running about 33-34 percent. Reported yields are around 12 bushels per acre.

Okarche Elevator

Okarche Elevator has been averaging 57.5-59 lbs. per bushel on the test weight, 60 lbs. occasionally. Moisture on the wheat has been running dry, around 10.9-12.2 percent. Reported yields are approximately averaging 20-25 bushels per acre. Canola is almost finished. It has been reported at approximately 400-700 lbs. per acre at this time.

County Line

County Line has been averaging 58-59 lbs. per acre on the test weight. Moisture on the wheat has been ranging from 11-13% and Phil has not heard anything on what the yield is doing.

 

Key Points to Harvest Time

With canola and wheat starting to ripen, farmers will begin cutting wheat at the end of next week. It is essential we keep next year’s crops in mind whether it is canola, Clearfield wheat or winter wheat.

Getting fields set up for planting next year begins with management of crop residue when you harvest. An even distribution of crop residue while harvesting is important for fields in which the next year crop will be planted by the no-till, min-till method especially when planting canola into stubble. Also, it is crucial to have soil testing done as the samples are needed to help produce an optimum crop yield.

Some of our farmers have already begun windrowing canola. Make sure you are harvesting at the right time. The optimum stage to swath canola is when 40-60% of the seeds have color change. When seeds in the bottom pods have turned color, seeds in the pods near the top of the main stem and on the side branches are green. However, these later formed seeds should be checked to ensure they are firm and will roll, not squash, when pressed between the thumb and forefinger.

If you have any questions, please contact our agronomy department.

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Harvest Around the Corner

Wheat and canola crops are starting to wind down. The majority of the canola fields have lost their flowers, which in return, we as farmers need to make sure we will be harvesting canola at the optimum time for the highest yield potential. The seed color change or (ripening), on the main stem needs to have 40-60% color change. From the bottom pods being black/brownish in color and the top pods being green but not mushy. We know some fields will not be harvested, so there are different ways we can address this situation either through burn down application or cultivation.

We have a few fields of Milo going in from El Reno to Okeene. If you are interested in any summer crops, please call one of our agronomy salesmen which can be found under the agronomist tab of the website. We will be glad to help you with any needs you may have.

The Dilemma of the 2014 Crop

Our wheat farmers have taken a double-whammy this year due to freezing temperatures and drought. With the unforgiving drought already sapping soil moisture across the north central region, combined with the polar vortex that covered our fields in a deep freeze, have left our farmers disheartened as they fear the land they have toiled will be unpromising.

We are seeing freeze damage throughout the majority of Kingfisher County as it was the area with the longest duration of freezing temperatures. Some fields display minor to no freeze damage; these fields comprise of wheat that is already headed or at boot stage. Greater damaging regions are in the low-lying draws where cold air tends to drain to and be trapped. For those specific higher risk regions, we are seeing approximately 20-60% damage.

There are few fields the freeze has severely injured. Our agronomists have seen significant damage to flag leaf and the head being suspect to freeze damage at stage Feekes 9. The yield potential is uncertain at this time.

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Drought stress and freeze damage to a field Northeast of Kingfisher

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Damage to flagleaf

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Flagleaf is on the left, head is on the right

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The head size varies due to freezing temperatures

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