Harvest Report - May 31, 2012
HRW

The 2012 HRW harvest is expanding rapidly northward with cutting in Kansas now just south of the Nebraska state line.  All areas currently harvesting are a minimum of two weeks ahead of normal.  Harvest is winding down in northeastern Texas and southern Oklahoma, although combines are just beginning to cut dryland wheat in the northern tip of Texas near Amarillo, an area where irrigated wheat is still green.

Quality reports are partially complete from Texas and Oklahoma.  They show a wide range of protein, still averaging 11.8%, with areas of extreme drought stress, especially the Oklahoma Panhandle and southwestern and west central Kansas, having lower test weight values.  Generally, where yields are good to excellent, proteins are down, but thousand kernel weights and test weights are up.  These areas contrast with areas where yields are poor, having lower test weight and lower thousand kernel weights, but higher protein.  Dockage and total defects took a jump this week while test weight dropped a pound.  This was not totally unexpected as harvest moved into more moisture deficient areas and numerous rain events have plagued much of the harvest area.  Hail has accompanied many of these storms with several localized areas suffering substantial losses.

The major difference noted so far between the crop this year and last is volume, as Texas and Oklahoma will have much bigger crops this year.  The yield situation in Kansas is still uncertain and will depend on how far west and north the drought and disease took effect.

Hard Red Winter
WHEAT DATA
GRADE FACTORS
Samples
Test Weight
Tested
Expected
Moisture
%
Protein
%
Dry Basis Protein*
Dockage
%
TKW
(gm)
FN
(sec)
Grade
lb/bu
kg/hl
FM%
Damage
%
S&B
%
Defects
%
This Week
83
530
11.4
11.8
13.4
0.6
28.3
414
1 HRW
60.5
79.6
0.2
0.2
1.6
2.0
Last Week
17
530
11.3
11.8
13.4
0.4
28.3
1 HRW
61.5
80.9
0.1
0.1
1.4
1.6
2011 Final
477
472
10.6
12.4
14.1
0.5
30.1
402
1 HRW
60.7
79.9
0.2
0.2
1.2
1.6