|The 2011 HRW wheat harvest is now 94% complete in Kansas, with only northwest areas remaining to be harvested. Progress has been slow this week due to several rain showers moving through the area. Northeast Colorado has started to harvest on a limited basis as many fields are still green. This area, extending into southwest Nebraska and southeast Wyoming, has been about a week behind normal development since early spring. Colorado's harvest is now 28% complete with nearly all cutting occurring in the southern half of the state. Southeast Nebraska has begun harvest, but only a few fields have been cut as of yesterday. Thirty-five percent of Wyoming's fields are turning color, with many producers expecting to begin harvest in approximately two weeks. However, due to erratic emergence in several areas of Wyoming last fall, some producers will have to wait until the later emerging wheat matures. |
Yields continued to be variable, but have generally increased as harvest has moved north and east. Harvest has now moved into areas which experienced timely moisture and cooler conditions during crop growth and maturity. It is expected that kernels in these areas will be larger due to the more favorable grainfill conditions.
Average test weights continue to exceed 61 lb/bu (80.2 kg/hl) with average protein over 13%. Thousand kernel weights, while still lower than last year, are now approaching an average weight of 28 grams. Dockage remains at 0.4% and the average moisture remains below 10.5%.