|Soft red winter harvesting is virtually completed along the East Coast (North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland) with the last samples to be collected by tomorrow. The temperatures have been quite high, with little or no precipitation over the last several weeks, causing signs of stress in the crop. Southern Illinois and Indiana also have just about finished, although little wheat has been harvested along the western border of Illinois due to rains and flooded fields. The same conditions exist in eastern Missouri and there have been reports of scab in central and northern Indiana. DON results on composite samples from Arkansas, North Carolina and Virginia have been less than 1 ppm.|
Fifty-five additional samples were tested during the last week with no significant changes to the overall wheat and grade data. Falling number average is still above 300, and the protein content in the southern area of North Carolina remained higher than last year at 12.5% compared to 11.4%. In general, the milling yields have been lower compared to 2009 data. The flour ash is acceptable, and farinograph absorption is higher this year with western Virginia extremely high (57.7%). Baking data to date is typical for the class, and cookie W/T is averaging 8.00, again fairly typical.