|An additional 33 samples were received this week as the soft red winter wheat harvest begins winding down. Very few changes have been seen in overall cumulative wheat average numbers, and the crop is continuing to grade #1.|
Virtually all samples are expected to be received by this time next week.
- Maryland will submit final samples within the next two days, and harvest there is currently reported at more than 95% complete. Some showers were reported in the Maryland harvest areas this week but did not delay the remaining harvest.
- Ohio harvest is reported almost 90% complete, slightly behind last year at this time due to some scattered showers in the area.
- Indiana harvest is approximately 98% complete. Southern Indiana flour results show slightly lower protein this year, at 8.0% compared to 8.5% last year, from the same area. This is representative of the other flour results as well, with farinograph, alveograph and cookie spread results all showing no significant change from last year.
- All other SRW states are finished with harvest.
- Early flour results from Kentucky show a slightly higher flour protein this year at 8.4% compared to 7.8% last year. All other results are very close to last year's results with alveograph P values of 43 in 2005 and 50 in 2006, farinograph absorptions at 52.3% in 2005 and 53.9% in 2006.
- North Carolina harvest this year yielded slightly higher flour proteins with at 10.1% compared to 8.2% last year. Flour absorptions this year are reported at 55.7% (farinograph) compared to the 53.2% reading from 2005. Slightly elevated P values at 50 this year are reflected in the alveograph; 2005 P value was reported at 44.
- Missouri flour results are pending.
- Eastern Illinois flour shows slightly higher flour protein at 8.3% compared to 7.9% last year. Again, all other results are relatively unchanged from last year.
Overall, the 2006 soft red winter crop has produced a relatively consistent offering with no significant changes from 2005. There are no falling number issues to report as yet, and transitions thus far have been relatively uneventful.