Harvest Report - July 20, 2012
HRW

The 2012 HRW harvest is winding down in South Dakota and Wyoming with the exception of some irrigated acres that will wrap up early next week.  Both states are still averaging over 61.5 pounds per bushel and both are averaging well over 12% protein.  South Dakota is averaging 2.7 mm kernel size with over 32 grams thousand kernel weight, both values well above long-term averages and reflecting large kernel size.

Montana began its HRW harvest this week in the northeast, southeast and southern parts of the state.  Very early reports show good test weights, averaging 61.5 pounds per bushel (80.9 kg/hl), 40-45 bushel per acre yields and an average of 11.5% protein with a range of 9% - 13%.

Mill, dough and bake testing have been done on a large share of the Texas and Oklahoma samples.  The average protein in the two states was high (12.5%), but heat and other stresses on the crop resulted in an unusually wide range of proteins (from 9% - 17%).  These initial processing results indicate that stress on the crop at key stages of development has also had a negative effect on the functionality of the wheat.  Alveograph P, L, and W values are below the five-year crop averages with an average W value of less than 210 for the samples tested so far.  Farinograph dough stability for these samples averages less than 10 minutes, well below the unusually high 15-minute average of the 2011 crop and below the five-year average of 11 minutes.  These are preliminary results for two states; mill and bake testing for the 2012 HRW crop is still not complete.

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
394
530
10.9
12.2
13.9
0.5
28.2
409
1 HRW
61.0
80.2
0.1
0.1
1.3
1.5
Last Week
353
530
11.0
12.2
13.9
0.5
28.1
409
1 HRW
60.9
80.1
0.1
0.1
1.3
1.5
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