|Good weather conditions over the last week have allowed hard red winter harvest to move northward at a relatively rapid pace. Kansas is now 75% complete for the 2010 harvest. Wheat is now being cut well into Nebraska and even winding down in areas of southeastern Nebraska. Harvest has also been very active in southeastern Colorado into east central Colorado, but has yet to get underway in northeast Colorado into the Nebraska Panhandle.|
Protein remains unchanged this week at 11.7% as an overall average. However, protein continues to be extremely variable between many individual locations. Test weights improved slightly this week and are averaging 61.1 lb/bu (80.4 kg/hl) compared to last year’s final of 60.2 pounds per bushel (79.1 kg/hl). Thousand kernel weights also improved slightly this week to 29.9 grams, while foreign material remained the same at 0.3%, compared to a final number in 2009 of 0.1%. Generally, wheat yields continue to be good.
Harvest should begin in northeast Colorado into the Nebraska Panhandle early to mid week, if the warm dry weather continues.