The 2012 HRW harvest has now progressed
as far north as South Dakota. Like the areas further south, South
Dakota is seven to ten days ahead of normal. The Texas and Oklahoma
Panhandles continue to cut irrigated acres and the few remaining dry land
acres, but should be complete by early next week. The Kansas harvest
is now 90% complete with most acres left to cut being in the northwestern
part of the state. Colorado is now 65% complete, with harvest moving
rapidly due to the hot, dry and windy conditions. Nebraska is nearly
50% complete, with harvest in full swing in the northern areas of the state
and rapidly winding down in the southern parts.
Test weights continue to be good in
Colorado and Nebraska with little wheat coming in below 60 pounds per bushel.
Protein has been of some concern in a few areas and is generally
being reported in the 11% to 11.5% range with some pockets of higher protein.
Reports out of northwest Kansas have also shown lower proteins but
good test weights.
Results shown below are from samples
out of Texas, Oklahoma and the southern half of Kansas. It is expected
that these numbers will change as testing begins this week on samples from
points north of the severely drought-stressed areas.
Thousand kernel weights and falling
number increased slightly this week with only partial testing completed
on the 256 samples at the lab.
The milling process of samples from
Oklahoma and Texas were started this week; results are expected to be included
in next week’s report.