|The 2011 HRW harvest continues in Washington with just over 60% of the crop now cut. Cooler temperatures in the spring slowed plant development, which has now delayed harvest behind the five-year average of 82% for this time of year. Proteins range from 9.5% to 13.2%, with an early sample PNW average of 10.5% reported by the Wheat Marketing Center. A survey of handlers indicates that HRW protein levels seem to be rising as harvest progresses, with several reporting 11.5%-12.0%. Test weights are higher this year compared to last year, averaging 62 lb/bu (81.5 kg/hl), with some as high as 65 lb/bu (85.4 kg/hl). Falling numbers are averaging about 330 seconds. Yields are exceptional and well above average for most growers.|
In Montana, the winter wheat harvest is 90% complete, with early quality results showing higher variability than normal. Average test weights are generally being reported at 60 lb/bu (78.9 kg/hl). Producers were hoping for extremely high yields because of plentiful rainfall during the growing season, but disease (mainly stripe rust) appears to have affected large areas of production. Early samples show proteins averaging about 12%.
Average yields in North Dakota are now in the 40 bu/ac to near 50 bu/ac range, with some better yields reported on the later HRW harvest. Those yields are below producer expectations for the year.
The Oregon HRW harvest continues slowly as the crop has abundant foliage and is slow to dry sufficiently for harvesting. Wheat yields have been reported as very good, including some over 100 bu/ac.
All test samples south of Montana are now in the lab and represent the 390 of 530 expected. The data will not change until Montana samples are received and evaluated in the lab later this month.