|The 2011 HRW wheat harvest has concluded, with remaining samples en route to be received and processed. Overall protein is still 12.4% and overall average moisture remains below 11%. Harvest yields for areas above central Kansas have been generally good to very good with most producers pleasantly surprised with the quantity of the crop. |
The 2011 HRW crop was one of contrast. Texas produced less than half a normal crop, estimated at 52 million bushels, but with very high protein and very low moisture. Oklahoma also produced half of an average crop, but again with very high proteins and very low moisture, much lower than normal dockage in 2011 due in part to the lack of moisture during the growing season resulting in weed seed not germinating.
The severe drought did not permeate the northeastern section of Kansas, but was dominate in the southwestern part of the state where many fields were never harvested.
In areas north of central Kansas and Colorado, the main issue was too much moisture over the growing season with concerns about diseases throughout the spring and early summer. While this portion of the crop is lower in protein than the southern areas, kernel characteristics are very good with high test weights and high thousand kernel weights.
A Gulf Tributary summary will be available next week along with an update of grade and non-grade information from the northern and northwestern HRW states.