It’s been a less than ideal year for the Oklahoma and Kansas winter wheat crops. Based in Grafton, North Dakota, Osowski Ag Service owner Bob Osowski started harvesting in Aline, Oklahoma one month ago. A lack of rain and freeze damage are being reflected in the yields. “There was 16 bushel wheat in Oklahoma. The Hutchinson, Kansas area also had some freeze damage, resulting in 35 bushel wheat. Normally that’s 50-to-70 bushel territory,” says Osowski. “St. Francis, Kansas had a lot of hail, probably the worst hail I’ve ever seen. Northwest corner of the state had the nicest wheat so far.” While yields have been short, Osowski says test weights have been 60-to-63 pounds. Protein has ranged anywhere from 11-to-14 percent. Harvest Hotline is sponsored, in part, by the North Dakota Mill.
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