|Hard red winter harvest has virtually concluded for states producing wheat that is Gulf tributary. In Nebraska, the northern part of the state is well behind the five-year average harvest completion date and is the only major area remaining to be completed. Harvest is now in full swing in South Dakota with lower yields being reported in contrast to the high yields reported to the south in Nebraska. Test weight and thousand kernel weight continue to be very good, a reflection of late season moisture that allowed grain to accumulate the maximum amount of dry matter prior to maturity and dry down. As reported last week, the higher test weights are also an indicator of very good yields. Generally, producers in this area have been very happy with yields of this wheat crop with the exception of southern South Dakota. However, the higher yields have been accompanied by lower than average protein in many areas. As reported previously areas of Colorado and Kansas had a somewhat of a mosaic pattern of highs and lows of protein in close proximity to each other.|
This crop is producing very good kernel characteristics (test weight, 1,000 KW and kernel diameter), which is favorable for millers. Mill and bake tests are still pending for a complete evaluation of mill yields, dough functionality and baking performance.