All analyses have now been completed for
the 2012 SRW crop. Last week’s report contained the final wheat
data, and the final grading information has been added this week. These
additional grade results have not altered the cumulative data significantly.
Compared to the final cumulative data from last year, there is an
increase in test weight of 1.2 lb/bu (1.5 kg/hl) while damage and shrunken
and broken are unchanged; foreign material, total defects and dockage have
each increased by 0.1% over last year.
Samples of early and late harvest were
analyzed in eighteen areas across nine states again this year. Compared
to the 2011 data for the early harvest samples, the average protein at
12% MB increased in four areas, decreased in ten and was relatively unchanged
in four. The average test weight increased in fourteen areas and
decreased in three while the average thousand kernel weight increased in
fourteen and decreased in just one. Falling number value averages
were above 300 for all but North Carolina.
The late harvest samples trended quite
similarly with a decrease in average protein in nine areas, and eight areas
similar to 2011. Test weight and thousand kernel weight trended the
same as the early samples, and falling number values were less than 300
in North Carolina only.
When comparing the early results to
the late results from this year, average test weight increased in three
areas and decreased in ten. Average thousand kernel weight decreased
in seven areas and was similar in eight. Falling number value changed
little from early to late harvest data. Average protein was unchanged
in twelve areas and decreased in four.
The laboratory milling average yield
results of 73% indicate a better milling crop than the 71.3% in 2011 with
flour ash similar to last year. Farinograph absorption, at 53%, is
unchanged from last year. Bread volume is down from the 2011 result
of 735 cc to 685 cc this year while cookie spread decreased from 9.4 to
There are little or no differences in
the flour data when comparing this year’s early harvest samples to the
late harvest samples.
Once more information is available from
commercial millers, additional commentary will be provided.