|The 2011 HRW wheat harvest is nearly complete south of Montana with kernel characteristics improving as harvest moves north. Montana is now 35% complete, well behind the five-year average of 51% at this time, with average yields. Quality has been variable with test weights ranging from the upper 50’s to lower 60’s, and proteins ranging from very high to well below average depending on location. |
North Dakota is just now starting harvest after the necessary use of fungicides by many producers this spring and summer as a result of very wet conditions. Not enough of this crop has been sampled yet to get a trend on quality.
Washington made good progress on its harvest over the last week and is now 25% complete, with most harvesting being done in the southern and southeastern parts of the state. Early yields are reported as above average.
Oregon is 35% harvested with cutting now underway in the Willamette Valley. Early yields indicate an above average crop in east central areas of the state, while areas further east have been experiencing below average yields.
All test samples south of Montana are now in the lab and represent 390 of the 530 expected. The data will not change until Montana samples are received and evaluated later this month.