|Hard red winter wheat harvest has progressed through most of Nebraska and the southern half of Colorado. An additional 39 samples were received this week. There has been very little overall change in the cumulative results as harvest has progressed, with protein still averaging 14.0% and test weights still above 60 lb/bu (78.9 kg/hl). Overall, falling number values remain strong and no sprout issues have been identified. On average, harvest is ahead of schedule this year compared to last year and the five-year average. |
- South Dakota harvest is approximately 40% complete as surveyed by NASS. However, there was some rain in the southwestern portion of the state which slowed progress there. Crop condition is still approximately 30-35% fair and 18% good with the remainder falling into the poor to very poor categories.
- Colorado was hit with widespread rainfall in the past week with some areas in the south receiving four to five inches in one rainfall. Most areas received two to three consecutive days of much-needed rain, though soil moisture is still about 50% short. Harvest was halted or slowed in most areas of the state. Elevators and NASS report harvest at approximately 80% complete, compared to 60% at this time last year, reflecting the early harvest seen all across the plains. Overall averages for Colorado thus far (reflecting the east central, northeast and southeast) show 14.0% protein (12.0% MB), 59.0 lb/bu (77.6 kg/hl) test weight and 25.3 gm thousand kernel weight.
- Nebraska, bothered by some thunderstorms in the west central portion of the state, overall had continued warm, dry conditions for harvest. Eighty percent of HRW is considered harvested in Nebraska. Overall averages for Nebraska thus far (not all samples are in) show an average of 13.6% protein (12.0% MB), 59.7 lb/bu (78.6 kg/hl) test weight and 28 gm thousand kernel weight.
- Kansas is considered complete, only slightly ahead of last year at this time, and a few late samples are trickling in. Overall (again, not inclusive of all samples) protein is averaging 14.1% (12.0% MB), 60 lb/bu (78.9 kg/hl) test weight and 29.4 gm thousand kernel weight. Flour analysis in Kansas thus far is showing an average farinograph stability of greater than 12.0 minutes, and farinograph absorption is averaging a respectable 60%. Alveograph P, L and W values are, respectively, 92, 118, and 350 with a P/L ratio of 0.78
- Oklahoma harvest is considered complete with a few rare samples being submitted. Overall averages for the state are: protein 13.75% (12.0% MB), 61.3 lb/bu (80.6 kg/hl) test weight and 27.8 gm thousand kernel weight. Farinograph values on experimentally milled flour reflect good absorption with an average of greater than 61% and an average stability of 11.75 minutes. Alveograph P, L and W values are, respectively, 100, 112 and 356 with a P/L ratio of 0.93
- Texas, very hard hit by drought this year, still turned in a respectable quality crop with an average protein value of 14.4% (12.0% MB), test weight of 59.8 lb/bu (78.7 kg/hl) and thousand kernel weight average of 25.6 gm. Farinograph values on this year's flour show an average absorption of 61% and stability of 11.6 minutes. Alveograph P, L, and W values are, respectively, 90, 115, and 320 with a P/L ratio of 0.85.