|Rain has again plagued harvesting of HRW in northeast Colorado and western Nebraska this week. Harvest is now 95% complete in Kansas while harvest in northeastern Colorado is 60% complete. The Nebraska Panhandle is 20% harvested and cutting has started in South Dakota.|
Average wheat protein is still holding at 11.9% with 291 samples tested of the 486 expected. Protein is extremely variable across the various locations. The most significant changes in grade and non-grade factors were in thousand kernel weight, 31.5 grams this week up from 30.2 grams last week, and increasing in damaged kernels and total defects.
Very early (only two grainsheds in north Texas/southwest Oklahoma area) dough and bake data indicates farinograph absorption (14% mb) is 2.2% higher than last year at 58%, development time is shorter at 5.3 minutes compared to 6.2 minutes in 2009 and stability decreased from 12.7 minutes in 2009 to 12.1 minutes this year. Bake mix time is 5.3 minutes this year compared to 4.9 minutes last year, bake absorption is 60% compared to 59.5% last year. Very early loaf volume data this year is averaging 803cc compared to 881cc last year. Individual testing data can be viewed at www.plainsgrains.org by clicking the “wheat quality survey” icon at the top of the page.