Harvest updates will be posted as they are received from the field.
- 7 day forecasts can be checked here.
- Plains Grains Inc. Harvest Reports
- U.S. Wheat Associates Harvest Reports
July 13, 2017
Harvest in Texas was 100% complete. According to the USDA July Crop Production Report, estimated wheat production was up from 69 million bushels to 70 million bushels. Overall yield was estimated at 28 bushels per acre.
July 7, 2017
Wheat harvest was complete in most areas of the state. Moisture, hail and wind delayed cutting in the northern High Plains and some fields were zeroed out. Producers in Ochiltree County were still assessing the damage from recent storms. Dryland yields were good, in the 50 – 70 bu/ac range, but protein was disappointing at an average of 11.4 – 11.5 percent.
June 27, 2017
National Update via Ag Web
Farmers are in the midst of harvesting winter wheat across the U.S. Midwest and Great Plains. Production will be lower than last year after growers planted the fewest acres in a century, and initial testing data suggests that the hard red winter crop, the largest variety grown, will have lower-than-average levels of protein for a second straight year.
That’s boosting demand for the high-protein spring variety, grown in northern states that have been plagued by drought. Conditions for the crop are the worst for this time of year since 1988.
The dryness in the north is coming after other parts of the Plains had an usually wet spring and late snow that hampered winter grain. In Canada, some areas have been too wet, while others too dry, and many spring-wheat crops are developing at a slower pace than normal.
Plants on a farm in southwestern North Dakota, near Belfield, are only about a foot tall (0.3 meter) after a dry spring. The farmer predicts yields may shrink to 20 bushels per acre, compared with 40 to 50 bushels in a normal year.
June 26, 2017
The Southern High Plains was wrapping up harvest this week, while the High Plains still had about a week to go, barring any further delays from moisture. Producers were happy overall with yields of 30 – 40 bu/ac up to 60 bu/ac. Protein turned out better than expected but still not great, averaging around 11%. Some producers experienced late hail damage from recent storms that may have affected production.
June 20, 2017
Producers in the High Plains were cutting west of Amarillo. Yields were good but still variable, ranging from 20 -40 bu/ac on average, with the high end of those yields coming from dryland fields.
Statewide, harvest was 74 percent complete and 49 percent of the crop was in fair condition.
June 15, 2017
In the Blacklands, hard red winter harvest was 99 percent completed and averaged 25-35 bu/ac. Protein remained below 11 percent and test weights were good at or above 59 lb/bu. Soft red winter harvest was about 60 percent completed and averaged 40-60 bu/ac.
Harvest in the South Plains was about 85% completed. Protein was around 10-12 percent and yields were low at 25-30 bu/ac.
Harvest was about 50 percent completed in the High Plains. Producers in Swisher County reported 70 bu/ac dryland wheat. Much of the non-dryland wheat had been grazed over and was only yielding about 25 bu/ac. Protein content was between 9.5 and 13.5 percent and test weights averaged 60 or more lb/ac.
June 12, 2017
Reports from the High Plains had protein around 11 percent, moisture levels around 11 – 11.5 percent, and test weights around 61 lb/bu. In Armstrong County, conditions were dry and windy.
Across the state, wheat harvest was 72 percent complete and 49 percent of the crop was in fair condition.
June 7, 2017
Harvest in the South Plains was about 75 percent completed. Protein content was disappointing overall, averaging about 9 percent, while yield was good at 30-40 bushels per acre. In the Southern High Plains around Lubbock, harvest was just gearing up and was about 10 percent completed. While there was no information about protein available yet, elevators reported that 90-95 percent of the wheat looked really good. In the High Plains, harvest was close. Producers were waiting for the last of the weekend moisture to dry up.
In the Blacklands, soft red winter wheat harvest was in full swing. Producers were seeing yields between 35 and 80 bushels per acre.
Across the state, producers were delayed due to rain. Wheat harvest was 58 percent completed.
June 2, 2017
Harvest was about 98 percent done in the Rolling Plains and Cross Timbers. While test weights were good, protein was still coming in below 11 percent. Producers were seeing losses from the rain and hail and expected further delays from incoming weather.
Things were gearing up in the High Plains. Test loads were harvested as far north as Claude. Some loads had protein content around 12 percent. Moisture was expected over the weekend.
Statewide, harvest was about 27 percent complete. Average test weights were 60.7 lb/bu and protein content was 10.8 percent. Yields were spread across the board between under 20 bushels per acre to over 50 bushels per acre.
June 1, 2017
Harvest was winding down in the Rolling Plains, about 80% complete. In Hardeman County, test weights were strong at 62 – 64 lb/bu.
May 31, 2017
Growers in the Northern Blacklands were off to a slow start due to high humidity during harvesting hours. Initial yield estimates were around 55-60 bushels per acre, with some yield differences based on varietal susceptibility to rust. Things weren’t expected to speed up with an 80% chance of rain in the region.
Harvest was full speed ahead in the South Plains/Southern High Plains. Floyd County reported that test weights were good at 62.5 lb/bu and yields varied from 18 bushels per acre to 70 bushels per acre, but averaged about 27. Moisture content was low at 9.7 – 10 percent. It had been hot and dry, but producers were expecting moisture over the weekend.
May 23, 2017
Harvest has been rolling along in a stop/start fashion in the Blacklands, Central Texas and the Rolling Plains. Test weight has been very good at or above 60 lb/bu, but protein has been disappointing overall, mostly below 11%. Yields have been scattered and ranging from slightly above average to below average.
Recent moisture, some hail and high winds halted harvest in the Cross Timbers. The damage is still being assessed. It is likely that 15 – 20% of the crop was destroyed due to weather. Before the weather, harvest was approximately 30% complete.
Harvest has started in the Southern High Plains and east toward the Edwards Plateau region.
May 19, 2017
According to harvest reports, the Rolling Plains and Cross Timbers were still about one week to ten days ahead of schedule. However, there remain many green and/or wet wheat fields in central Texas northward so the full swing of harvest may still be several days away. Rain storms continued to move across north Texas and Oklahoma over the past few days where wheat kernel moisture is still high, again delaying widespread harvesting in this area. Some wheat in the High Plains was being harvested for silage.
May 15, 2017
Harvest was picking up in the Rolling Plains. Producers in Throckmorton County reported good test weights as high as 60-62 lb/bu and about 20-30 bushel yields. However, fields had not received good moisture in 50-60 days. Scattered test yields had low protein content in Wilbarger County. Harvest was not yet in full swing and producers were expecting some moisture later in the week.
May 9, 2017
Growers in the Cross Timbers and Rolling Plains were gearing up for harvest. Those that had already started reported disappointing yields. Scattered thunderstorms with the possibility of hail were in the forecast in Wilbarger County.
May 8, 2017
Winter wheat harvest began in the southern Blacklands. Producers were seeing good conditions in McLennan County and many varietal plots were overdue for harvest in Ellis County. Hessian fly damage was present but inconsistent, while low vernalization continued to be an issue. Test weights were normal at 58-59 lb/bu, with some fields exceeding 60 lb/bu, and protein content averaged 10-10.2%, hitting a maximum of 12%. Producers agreed that harvest was still about two weeks ahead of schedule.
April 24, 2017
Harvest was about two weeks ahead of schedule along the Gulf Coast. ADM in Corpus Christi reported that protein was averaging 14% and test weights were normal at around 58.5 lb/bu.