Harvest Report - July 6, 2012
HRW

The 2012 HRW wheat harvest is quickly winding down in Colorado and Nebraska.  Kansas and southern states are nearly complete with harvest at 99%.  The harvest moved into South Dakota last week and the same trend continues with an extremely early harvest and a wide range of yield and quality reports.  South Dakota yield reports have ranged from 25 bushels per acre to well over 60, with several producers expecting much higher yields as harvest continues.  As has been the case in the more southern states, early reports of protein have also been very erratic, but generally higher overall, varying below 10% to many areas reporting well over 13%.  Test weights have been very good with most reports being over 60 pounds per bushel.  Overall, South Dakota producers have been very pleased with the crop so far and like many areas the weather has been hot and dry with spring wheat and summer crops showing signs of drought stress.

There are now 261 samples in the lab with all individual grade and non-grade testing done on those samples.  We have an additional 92 samples in the lab in various stages of testing for kernel characteristics.  Protein dropped this week and preliminary results from the samples still in the process indicate that the protein average will decline again next week.  However, it also appears that test weight and thousand kernel weights will likely increase next week.

Hard Red Winter
WHEAT DATA
GRADE FACTORS
Samples
Test Weight
Tested
Expected
Moisture
%
Protein
%
Dry Basis Protein*
Dockage
%
TKW
(gm)
FN
(sec)
Grade
lb/bu
kg/hl
FM%
Damage
%
S&B
%
Defects
%
This Week
261
530
11.3
12.6
14.3
0.5
28.0
409
1 HRW
60.6
79.7
0.1
0.1
1.3
1.5
Last Week
256
530
11.6
12.7
14.4
0.5
28.0
408
1 HRW
60.6
79.7
0.1
0.2
1.4
1.7
2011 Final
477
472
10.6
12.4
14.1
0.5
30.1
402
1 HRW
60.7
79.9
0.2
0.2
1.2
1.6