|The 2010 HRW wheat harvest is complete, with data below including non-weighted averages for all samples except for six Montana samples which will be submitted to the lab this week. Many areas of Colorado and the northern states were weeks behind with harvest as compared to the five-year average. This was especially true in Montana where spring wheat harvest is now estimated to be over three weeks behind the five-year average harvest date.|
With almost all samples evaluated, several themes have emerged. Test weights have been very good, averaging 61.0 lbs/bu., with over 70% of the samples grading HRW #1. Kernel diameter was also very good with this crop, averaging 2.6 (mm). Another common theme with the 2010 crop was lower protein in many regions, with an overall protein of 11.7%. Consequently, the resulting dough and bake test data related to protein are below long term averages, including water absorption and loaf volumes. Individual testing data can be viewed at www.plainsgrains.org.
This report concludes the weekly Harvest Summary for the 2010 HRW crop. However, a final report will be posted when all sample testing is complete, evaluated, and weighted for production.