|Weather in the form of scattered storms and burning heat continued its assault on the Hard Red Winter wheat producing states. |
The harvest in Texas is virtually complete. Overall, the crop has been rated very poor to poor with yields well below average. With proteins averaging at least 2% higher than last year, interest is focused on the actual flour performance. Farinograph stabilities for Texas are variable, ranging from 6.0 minutes to 20.0 minutes. Rains in the Lubbock area stalled the completion of the limited amount of wheat left in that area.
The Oklahoma wheat harvest is approximately 90% complete with USDA/NASS listing 35% as very poor, 32% poor, 25% fair and 8% good. These conditions are, in general, related to yield and not necessarily to protein content. Proteins have remained high, but farinograph stabilities are hovering in the average range of 9 to 11 minutes.
Harvest in Kansas is moving rapidly, and southern portions of the state are complete. NASS reports of wheat condition in Kansas as 25% very poor, 25% poor, 30% fair and 18% good. Yields are down, as expected, with reports of 10-30 bu/acre not uncommon. The Salina area reported 900 trucks in yesterday and harvest at peak or near completion. Kansas overall reports production is 23% lower this year than in 2005.
Overall, the HRW crop is still showing strong test weights over 61.0 lbs/bu (80.2 kg/hl) and protein still strong at 13.8%. Functionality appears acceptable with absorptions for the cumulative sample averaging 61%. Overall average of farinograph stability to date is 12.9 minutes. Strong W values on the alveograph are evident with a 367 average. In all areas, Falling Number values are acceptable at over 320.