|Hard red winter harvest is continuing to progress northward with hot, dry conditions. Some sporadic rains have occurred throughout the Plains states but have not delayed harvest to any extent. |
An additional 42 samples were received this week and accounted for very little cumulative change in average values. Protein increased 0.1% to 14.0% average overall. Falling numbers remain strong, and test weights are still running over 60 lb/bu (78.9 kg/hl).
HRW harvest is considered complete in Kansas which is ahead of last year's 82% harvested at this time. Cutting in Kansas finished with very few rain problems and only some scattered hail.
NASS reports Nebraska is nearly 55% harvested. Harvest is moving very rapidly because of the hot, dry weather and is approximately one week ahead of last year at this time when only 19% had been harvested.
Colorado is ahead of schedule, as well, with approximately 65% harvested. Summer storms along the Eastern Plains slowed some harvesting but only briefly. Crop conditions are still considered 70% poor to very poor, and production is at least 25% lower than last year, as reported by country elevators.
South Dakota is experiencing hot, dry weather and some declining crop conditions. HRW is at least 50% ripe, and harvest is expected to be in full swing within the week. NASS rates wheat conditions as 50% poor to very poor, but 13% is rated good to excellent. As with all of the other Plains states, the harvest is running approximately one week ahead of last year and the five-year average.