|Sampling in all areas has been completed, with some further testing to be done. The harvest is 95% completed in Ohio (compared to a 5-year average of 89%) and 95% in Illinois which is just about the 5-year average. Indiana is 97% completed which is just slightly higher than the 5-year average for this date. The number of samples collected is actually slightly more than expected with little or no change to the overall average compared to last week. The cumulative average test weight is 1 lb/bu higher than last year's final average.
Individual state results from this past week have an increase in test weight in eastern Illinois of 2 lb/bu over last year while protein and falling number values are unchanged. Western Illinois shows the same trend in test weight with an increase in thousand kernel weight average of almost 1 gram. Protein and falling number values are again equivalent to 2010. The protein average of the samples tested from southern Indiana showed an increase of 0.7%, 10.3% compared to last year's 9.6%. Falling number values from this area were all above 300 seconds. Test weight did decrease during the latter parts of the harvest in these areas. The average falling number value in southern Ohio from the samples tested was less than 300 (277) with a low of 243. Test weight from this area also increased compared to last year, to 58.1 lb/bu (76.5 kg/hl) from 57.1 lb/bu (75.2 kg/hl) in 2010.
There continues to be an increased laboratory milling yield compared to 2010. The cookie spread value is lower in Missouri, northern Indiana and southern Ohio this year. Farinograph results are similar in these areas with the exception of an absorption decrease in western Missouri.