The 2012 HRW wheat harvest is focused on
Montana and the Pacific Northwest. Montana is now 58% complete, with
yields reported in the range of 20-25 bushel per acre in the southeastern
area and 40-50 bushel per acre further north. Test weights in Montana
are between 57-62 lbs/bu (74.3-81.5 kg/hl). Protein ranges in the
southeast are from 14% to 16%, with most other areas reporting well above
12%. The exception has been the central part of the state where protein
continues to be more variable.
The overall PNW harvest is now 48% complete
(Oregon 58%, Washington 44% and Idaho 41%), the majority of which has been
in the southern sections. The southwestern areas of Idaho are now
winding downwhile the northern areas are just getting started. Early
reports out of southeastern Idaho show yields well below average. Yields
in Washington and Oregon are above average, as is quality.
No new samples arrived in the lab this
week so there was no change in kernel data this week. Simple averages
for dough functionality continue to remain stable with almost all parameters
being similar to averages reported over the last five years.