Tulsa, OK – Oklahoma wheat harvest down, quality said good
(Information in the following story is from: Enid News & Eagle, http://www.enidnews.com)
ENID, Okla. (AP) Wheat officials say Oklahoma's wheat harvest is down as expected but that the quality of the crop is good.
State Wheat Commission Executive Director Mike Schulte told the Enid News and Eagle that test weights are high at 60 to 64 pounds per bushel. The industry standard for top-rated wheat is 60 pounds.
He said protein levels are as high as 14 to 18 percent compared to 11.5 to 11.7 percent last year. Eleven percent is considered average.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast a crop of 74.8 million bushels down from 120.9 million bushels in 2010. The agency also predicted a yield of 22 bushels an acre, compared to 2010's 31 bushel-per-acre average.
The drop has been blamed on weather conditions that include drought, hail and tornadoes.