|Cool/damp weather has been the major factor in the lateness of the 2010 Montana winter wheat crop. Estimates of harvest completion are still only around 10% for those areas in southern and central Montana where cutting has begun. Early yield reports have been very good (a function of cool weather during grain formation) along with test weights being reported as high as 64 lbs./bu (84.1 kg/hl). Harvest is winding down in South Dakota with 85% of the crop now cut. All sampling has now been completed in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota (400 of an expected 486 samples).|
Evaluation of all Texas and Oklahoma production areas for dough characteristics show composite averages for farinograph absorption at 57.8% (compared to 58.0% in 2009), farinograph development 5.2 minutes (6.6 minutes in 2009), and farinograph stability 12.5 minutes (14.8 minutes in 2009). Flour protein (14% mb) for Texas and Oklahoma production areas this year averaged 10.4% compared to 11.3% in 2009. Individual testing data can be viewed at www.plainsgrains.org.