|The focus of the 2011 HRW harvest is now in northeast Colorado, Nebraska and eastern Wyoming. These areas have been 7 to 10 days behind normal harvest dates in contrast to the southern Great Plains which ran 7 to 10 days ahead of normal maturity and harvest dates. While temperatures hover near 100 degrees, the area is still dealing with scattered rain showers resulting in added moisture on already saturated soils and high humidity slowing the drying process.|
Overall yields have increased in the areas now being harvested in northeast Colorado, Nebraska and eastern Wyoming, with 45 to 65 bushels per acre being reported. This increase in yield, indicating more favorable growing conditions during key crop development periods, has also affected kernel characteristics. Elevator reports indicate a decrease in test weight and protein, but an increase in thousand kernel weight.
Sixty-two samples were collected over the past week, but have not yet been fully evaluated; results will be reflected in next week’s data.