The HRW harvest in South Dakota and Wyoming
are now almost two-thirds complete, with rain halting the cutting in Wyoming
until two days ago. Yields are still highly variable (20-70 bushels
per acre) in South Dakota while Wyoming yield reports are ranging from
between 20 and 30 bushel per acre. Wyoming test weights are averaging
above 60 pounds per bushel. There have been no protein reports out
of Wyoming. The 2012 HRW wheat harvest is now complete in Texas,
Oklahoma and Kansas, and very close to complete (99%) in Colorado and Nebraska.
Montana is projected to begin the HRW
harvest in the next 10 to 14 days. Hot temperatures and drought stress
have already affected the crop, but over 40 bushel yields with high protein
are still being projected.
Four hundred samples have now been collected,
353 of which have been tested for kernel characteristics (grade and non-grade)
with simple average results shown below. As expected, the average
protein dropped while test weight and thousand kernel weights increased.
Moisture decreased slightly this week as did overall dockage. With
the exception of test weight, other grading factors did not change this