|The 2011 HRW wheat harvest made very little progress this week as rain continued to plague northwest Kansas, northeast Colorado and most of Nebraska; these areas received between one and two inches of rain over the last week. Nebraska's harvest is only 10% complete, whereas in normal years, Nebraska would be at least 1/3 harvested by this date. Northeast Colorado, with very little wheat cut, is also well behind the long-term average harvested. This is a sharp contrast to the areas already harvested in Texas, Oklahoma and southern Kansas, where triple digit temperatures and dry weather are setting records and slowing field preparations for the 2012 crop.|
Yields continue to be good with larger kernels being reported as harvest moves into areas where timely moisture and cooler temperatures prevailed during crop development and maturity. USDA is now projecting that Colorado and Nebraska will produce slightly more wheat than last year. USDA also reports that the Kansas wheat production estimate increased slightly, but is still projected to be well below the state's long-term average.
With 259 samples of a projected 530 total samples now in the testing process, average test weights continue to be over 61 lb/bu (78.3 kg/hl) and the average protein is still at 13%. Thousand kernel weights increased this week, approaching 29 grams, as the areas that experienced more favorable growing conditions over the spring are now being harvested. Average dockage remains low at 0.4% and moisture continues to average below 10.5%.