|Soft red winter harvest is progressing rapidly through the entire growing region and nearing completion in Illinois and southern Indiana, with lower test weights and inconsistent yields being the major concerns. Sampling has been completed in Kentucky, North Carolina, Arkansas and Virginia and has started in Maryland. Missouri is just about completed, with the exception of the northernmost areas, and southern Ohio began earlier this week. Most of the locations sampled have indicated a very short time frame from beginning to the end of harvest (a week or less) with just two or three hectic days.|
Northern Arkansas has had a large decrease in test weight compared to 2008 data and a slight increase in protein. Falling number values are consistent with last year. This follows the trend seen from the southern and central areas of the state. Laboratory milling data are indicating a lower flour yield than last year for the central part of the state. The flour data is similar to last year.
In northern North Carolina, the milling yields from the lab have also been lower than last year. The farinograph absorption is lower despite the higher protein average.
Partial data from Kentucky is showing a downward trend in test weight compared to 2008 with a slight increase in protein. Falling number averages are lower than last year but still above 300. Early data from Virginia is trending exactly the same as Kentucky