The 2012 HRW harvest is rapidly winding
down as hot and dry weather was the dominant factor in the Pacific Northwest
this past week. Montana is almost complete with winter wheat harvest.
Yield reports continue to be average overall with producers generally
pleased with the crop. The hot dry weather that hit Montana several
weeks ago was late enough that it had little effect on the winter wheat.
Washington is now 75% complete with
HRW harvest and is reporting average to above-average yields, though some
fields in southeastern Washington have had hail losses of up to 50%. The
eastern third of the state is now in the final stages of harvest.
Oregon is 78% complete with harvest.
Very hot temperatures prevailed over the last week (100-105 degrees)
which helped move harvest along quickly. Good yields continue to
be reported in all locations.
Idaho is 68% complete with the southwest
and south central regions either winding down or complete.
There was no change in kernel data this
week due to the lag time of sampling and testing of the Montana and PNW
crop. Samples have been collected and will be in the lab and tested
early next week with partial grade and non-grade data being available for
next week’s report.