The wheat harvest in northwest Oklahoma is well underway now that weeks of heavy rainfall have ceased, allowing fields to dry and farmers to cut.
"If we get a couple more days like today, things will be real good," Bryan Kennedy, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service ag educator in Kingfisher County, said Tuesday. "By the end of the day, we're looking at 65 percent completion (of the harvest)."
Test weights are averaging in the high-50s, he said, which is good given the amount of moisture received this season. He said yields are good so far as well, with some ranging up to 65 and 70 bushels per acre.
According to Oklahoma Wheat Commission, yields in the region have been reported in the low- to mid-40s.
Though things are warming up, remnants of rough spring weather still can be seen and are causing problems for some.
"There's still fields out there that have five, 10, 20 acres they can't get to," Kennedy said. "Honestly, in some of these spots, it might be the end of July before they get to some of it. There's still some good quality wheat out there, a lot of it, and if we can get three or four more days of good drying time, that will help out a bunch.
"Hopefully this time next week, we'll be sitting at 95 percent."
Things are looking up in Alfalfa County from previous weeks, Extension educator Tommy Puffinbarger.
"The weather has improved tremendously with the lack of rainfall," he said. "The hot weather, the higher temperatures and the wind has helped to dry out the ground so combines can get out over the acres."
Still, there's plenty of mud holes, soft patches and waterlogged sections in some fields. There are combines getting stuck every day Farmer's Co-op general manager John Swart said.
Overall, he describes the year's harvest as average, and despite the moisture, work is 75 percent complete around Carmen, he said.
"Just give us three or four more days and we'll be done in our area," he said.
The average test weight in the county as 57, he said. "At the first of harvest there was some 63s, but with the rain it's gone down hill."
Oklahoma Wheat Commission's latest reports from Goltry and Helena, posted June 24, show early test weights at 60 and 61, and yields ranging wide from the mid-30s to mid-60s.
Protein content is averaging 12, Swart said, but he has heard reports spanning from 9 1/2 to 13 1/2.
Enid-based OCES northwest agronomy specialist Josh Bushong said test weights in the area are reaching to the high-50s, pushing 60 pounds per bushel.
Yields are looking solid, he said, with "quite a few guys in the above 60 bushel range, and even some guys pushing 90 on bushels."
Bushong had concerns about protein content earlier in the month, but his worries have eased, as most producers are seeing adequate numbers. However, the producers more affected by water are likely seeing worse protein content, he said.
Water isn't the only hurdle farmers in the region are facing.
"Some of our fields are starting to get a little overgrown with weeds," he said, with many using harvest aides to deal with the unwanted growth.
The soil fungi Fusarium has been popping up as well in some wheat fields, which could leave the plants full of mycotoxins, fungi-born toxins. However, just because plants are infected with Fusarium does not mean that any mycotoxins are present. Any affected crops should be tested to find out for certain.