SRW harvest sampling is in the final stages,
and increased cooperation from the local elevators has helped to expand
the total sample population. USDA information indicates that at least
85% of the crop has now been harvested, still well ahead of a normal pace.
The addition of 61 samples analyzed this past week has not significantly
altered the overall averages of the crop, with only a very slight decrease
in protein, dockage and total defects for the composites graded.
Compared to the final 2011 data, this
crop is trending higher for test weight (60.1 lb/bu compared to 58.9 last
year) and thousand kernel weight (34.6 grams compared to 32.2 last year).
Protein and falling number value are unchanged compared to the final
2011 data, and this year’s overall grade of US No. 1, to date, is improved
over last year’s No. 2. Dockage is slightly above last year’s final
average of 0.7%.
Laboratory milling of composite wheat
from northeast North Carolina had an increased flour yield compared to
last year, but farinograph absorption is slightly lower. In western
Missouri, the milling yield has increased 3% from last year’s result,
and the farinograph absorption is 3% higher this year. Bake data
from North Carolina is similar to last year, but the bake volume and cookie
spread ratio from the western Missouri samples is poorer than last year.