|The 2011 HRW harvest is quickly winding down in almost all areas of the central Great Plains except Wyoming, which remains well behind the five-year average with only 65% of the crop harvested. Cutting is now in full swing in Montana and just beginning in the Pacific Northwest. Wheat was being swathed last week in Montana, but an estimated 25% of that crop has now been delivered to elevators or has gone into on-farm storage. Early reports on quality in the southern part of Montana are very encouraging with good test weights and good protein in that region. In the northern part of the state, early test weights have been reported somewhat lower at 57-58 lb/bu (75.1-76.4 kg/hl), but with very good protein so far. |
The HRW harvest is just getting started in Washington and Oregon with not enough wheat harvested at this point to determine quality trends. Early yield reports have been as good or better than expected in most areas.
The overall HRW test weight average dropped slightly, from 60.9 lb/bu to 60.7 lb/bu this week, as did protein, from 12.7% to 12.5%. However, these slight reductions were again offset by some very good yields being reported by producers. As harvest continues toward the north and west, it is expected that test weights will be somewhat lower and proteins will be more variable as a result of spring growing conditions.