The SRW harvest is winding down and all
samples are expected to be in the lab by next week. There are just
a few remaining sections of northern Ohio to sample at this time. This
has been one of the earliest harvests on record for the entire region.
The states that have not officially completed harvest (Indiana,
Illinois, Ohio) have all harvested between 70% and 95% compared to 32%,
65%, and 8%, respectively, in 2011. Most areas saw very good yields
with reports ranging from 40 bu/acre to some unofficial reports of 90 bu/acre.
According to USDA statistics, 8.3 million SRW acres were planted
this year with a projected average winter wheat yield of 47 bu/acre.
The overall data includes almost 100
more samples tested this week with no significant changes to the cumulative
In North Carolina, average test weight
is lower than last year (58 lb/bu compared to 60), and falling number value
average is lower than last year (280 compared to 350) while protein is
unchanged. Missouri has shown an increase in average test weight
of almost 3 lb/bu, compared to last year, while protein is down just slightly.
The early milling tests from Missouri indicate a higher flour yield
with similar baking and physical dough testing performance to last year.
Southern Indiana has a higher test weight average this year (60.95
vs. 58.4 lb/bu in 2011) with a slight decrease (0.45%) in protein. Early
harvest flour data from Kentucky indicates very similar performance to