|Montana: With harvest complete, test weights average close to 62.0 lb/bu (81.5 kg/hl) and moisture ranges from 9.8% to 10.5%. The protein range is 12.3% to 13.0% and falling numbers average around 450. Yields range from the mid-40’s to the 70’s, which should put metric tons close to the USDA production estimate of 90 million bushels.|
Nebraska: Harvest is complete in Nebraska, with overall production being close to average. Nebraska has been hot and dry and did not have many weather related delays. Yields were below average in the southeastern and south central parts of Nebraska due to diseases such as Fusarium head blight, scab, and rust. The western part of the state did not have much trouble with diseases, but the Panhandle area was a little dry. Test weights ranged from the mid 50’s to the low 60’s and the overall protein will average around 13%. The yield estimate is currently at 42 bu/acre.
Colorado: Above average temperatures and below normal precipitation has resulted in a rapid harvest for Colorado. Yields were very good this year due to the heavy snow over the winter months and overall production is expected to exceed 80 million bushels. Test weights are good this year, ranging from the high 50’s to the mid 60’s, with the overall average being at or above 60.0 lb/bu (78.9 kg/hl). There are pockets of high protein, but the statewide proteins have been averaging around 10-11%.
South Dakota: Harvest is nearing completion with close to 90% harvested. Above average temperatures and the arrival of custom cutting crews has kept harvest moving at a rapid pace. Test weights are averaging 59.0 to 61.0 lb/bu (77.6 to 80.2 kg/hl) and proteins are expected to be 11% or greater across the state. Due to high yields and an increase in HRW acres, South Dakota is on track for a record production year. Overall production is expected to be over 80 million bushels, up from the average of 50 million.