|Cool/damp weather has continued to be a factor for harvesting wheat in the northwestern Nebraska Panhandle and South Dakota this week. These areas, along with Montana, are the major remaining areas of HRW to be harvested. The 2010 Montana HRW harvest is just now starting with only two locations reporting preliminary activity. Harvest is being reported much later than normal from NE Colorado northward into the Nebraska Panhandle and Montana.|
Early evaluation of southern production areas for dough and bake data by low protein (< 11.5%), medium protein (11.5% – 12.5%), high protein ( >12.5%) and composite of all protein levels, is partially complete. Tests indicate farinograph absorption (14% mb) by protein level is low 57.3%, medium 57.4%, high 59.3%, and composite 57.9%; farinograph development time is low 4.0 minutes, medium 4.9 minutes, high 5.9 minutes, and composite 5.1 minutes; farinograph stability, low 11.3 minutes, medium 12.5 minutes, high 13.5 minutes, and composite 12.3 minutes. Loaf volume is low 766 cc, medium 828 cc, high 893 cc, and composite 822 cc. Individual testing data can be viewed at www.plainsgrains.org. Grade and Non-Grade data and sample number update will be posted early next week.