|Soft red winter harvest and sample collection have continued through Arkansas, North Carolina, Virginia, Missouri and Kentucky. Rain, wet fields and flooding have slowed the pace in eastern Missouri and Illinois. This week 48 samples were received, and the cumulative protein has decreased just slightly, from 10.1 to 9.7%, while test weight is 60.8 lb/bu (80.0 kg/hl). Average falling number value remains unchanged at 350. |
As of June 16, USDA reported 58% of the Arkansas crop had been harvested vs. a five-year average of 65%. The early harvest samples averaged almost 60.5 lb/bu (79.6 kg/hl), with a protein content of about 9.5% which is down 1% from last year. Falling number values are all above 300 seconds. Missouri and Kentucky are behind the five-year average while North Carolina and Virginia are harvesting more quickly this year.
Wheat data from southern North Carolina averaged 60.7 lb/bu (79.8 kg/hl), up from 58.7 (77.3 kg/hl) in 2007. Protein content is also lower in this region this year. Test weight results from the northern region are also higher this year. Data from Virginia, Missouri and Kentucky are insufficient at this time to report.
Flour milling yields for the samples in southern Arkansas and southern North Carolina are very good. Farinograph absorption is normal, and the bake data for bread and cookies is typical for the class.