|Hard red winter harvest has virtually concluded for states producing wheat exclusively for Gulf tributary. In Nebraska, harvest is rapidly winding down although there is an area still to be completed in the northwestern part of the Panhandle, which is well behind the five-year average. Test weight continues to be very good in this crop which is a reflection of late-season moisture that allowed grain to accumulate the maximum amount of dry matter prior to maturity and dry down. Higher test weights are also an indicator of very good yields. Producers in Colorado, Nebraska, and some limited areas of Kansas have been very happy with yields of this year's crop. However, protein levels have been lower than average in many areas.|
There is an expectation that this crop is producing very good kernel characteristics (test weight, 1000 kernel weight, and kernel diameter) which is favorable for millers. Mill and bake tests are pending for a complete evaluation of mill yields, dough functionality, and baking performance.