A significant number of samples have been
tested this past week from each of the nine survey states. Average
protein and falling number values remain constant compared to last week.
There has been a slight decrease in thousand kernel weight. Grading
factors, based on the samples composited for milling and flour testing,
have also remained the same, but the overall dockage percent is decreasing
as more samples are tested throughout the growing region.
Weather conditions have been favorable
for harvesting along the East Coast states, and a fairly normal percent
of the crop has been harvested to date. In the Midwest, the dry and
hot conditions have continued to allow for rapid harvesting and a significant
increase in acres harvested compared to typical averages. The exception
is Ohio where harvesting is just beginning in the southern area. This
is also early but is not progressing quite as fast as the rest of the Midwest
Early data from Missouri is indicating
an increase in average test weight to 60.5 lb/bu from last year's 58 lb/bu.
Protein is equal to last year’s average of 10%. Illinois average
test weight has increased to over 61 lb/bu from the 2011 average of 57.5
lb/bu, and protein is just slightly lower at 9.8% compared to 10.2% last
year. Along the East Coast states, Virginia and Maryland early data
is indicating an increase in test weight to approximately 61.5 lb/bu compared
to 58–60 lb/bu last year. North Carolina is down to 59.4 lb/bu from
61.4 lb/bu in 2011. Average protein is consistent with last year’s
average of 10%. The average falling number value remains above 300
for the entire region with just a few isolated results less than 300.