The 2012 HRW harvest continues despite
rain across a wide area of the southern and central Great Plains over the
past several days. Temperatures have moderated and slow dry down
in those areas that received moisture. With weather clearing across
the region it is expected that harvest will be back into full swing again
by the weekend from Texas to the Nebraska border.
The Texas harvest is now nearly 50%
complete overall. Oklahoma producers made little progress over the
last week and still have 19% more to harvest. There is still a significant
amount of irrigated wheat in the Oklahoma Panhandle that will need a few
more days to mature and dry down. The Kansas harvest was also slowed
this week due to rain but should be back into full swing by the weekend.
Nebraska and Colorado have both done
test cutting, but neither are doing any large scale harvesting yet.
Protein took a big jump this week (now
12.4% overall average, up from 11.8% last week) as data is now being received
from southern and western Kansas. Test weights dropped slightly,
but are still well above 60 pounds per bushel. Dockage and total
defects dropped this week.