The 2012 HRW harvest is complete with the
final 24 samples from North Dakota in transit to the lab for testing and
Overall the 2012 HRW harvest can be
characterized as one that had wide-ranging yields and protein levels. Most
wheat producers are happy with the final yields, especially considering
the extreme weather of 2011 which carried into 2012, but which included
timely moisture events that allowed average to above-average yields, and
better protein than in 2011 and the five-year average.
With a small percentage of the samples
still in the testing process, the overall 2012 crop has a test weight average
which is higher than 2011 and the five-year average, while thousand kernel
weight average is below 2011 and the five-year average. Dockage continues
to be low, as it has been for past three years. Kernel moisture is
lower than the five-year average.
Testing to date shows the 2012 crop
with Alveograph P-value, L-value and P/L ratio better than the five-year
average and the W value exceeding the five-year average. However,
overall average loaf volume is significantly lower than 2011 and the five-year
A final report on the 2012 HRW crop
will be issued in early October when all testing has been completed and
data has been evaluated.