|The SRW harvest progressed this week with samples collected in Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio. Little or no changes are apparent in the cumulative data after including this week’s test results.|
The average moisture content (13.8%) in the early eastern shore Maryland samples was quite high while the average test weight and thousand kernel weight were much lower than last year. Test weight decreased from 60.2 lb/bu (79.2 kg/hl) to 58.4 lb/bu (76.9 kg/hl) and thousand kernel weight from 34.4 grams to 33.7 grams. In Kentucky, the late harvest samples also had a high average moisture content (13.4%) and an increase in average test weight to 58.2 lb/bu (76.6 kg/hl) from last year’s 57.1 lb/bu (75.2 kg/hl). The eastern Virginia average test weight has decreased from 60.2 lb/bu (79.2 kg/hl) to 58.6 lb/bu (77.1 kg/hl) as well as decreasing from the 60.4 lb/bu (79.5 kg/hl) average on the early harvest samples. Laboratory milling results from North Carolina showed an increase in flour yield and higher farinograph absorption compared to 2010.
In northwest Missouri, flooding continued along the Missouri River in Atchison, Holt, Carroll, and Chariton counties. Winter wheat harvested is 88% compared to last week’s 63% and the five-year average of 77%.
In Ohio, about 11% of the wheat has been harvested compared to last year’s 42% and the five-year average of 19%. Harvest in Illinois is about 75% completed compared to last week’s 43% and the five-year average of 70%. The harvest in Indiana is 39% completed compared to last year’s 66% and the five-year average of 50%. Wheat conditions were: 3% very poor (same as last week), 10% poor (9%), 30% fair (same), 46% good (48%) and 11% excellent (10%).