The remaining 2012 HRW harvest is mainly
in Montana and the Pacific Northwest. Montana is now 35% complete.
The southeastern sampling area is reporting 20-25 bushel per acre
yields while further north yields are reported to be 40-50 bushel per acre.
Test weights are ranging from 57 lbs/bu to 62 lbs/bu (75.1-81.5 kg/hl).
The lower yielding southeastern area has a protein range of 14% to
16%. Most other areas are reporting well above 12% although protein
in the central part of the state has been much more variable.
The PNW states of Washington, Oregon
and Idaho are now 31% complete with harvest, the majority of which has
been in the southern sections. Producers are reportedly pleased with
the early yields which have been above average. Hot dry weather continues
to aid harvest in most areas with producers receiving very little hail
damage from the storms that moved through earlier.
There was very little change in kernel
data again this week and with all of the Kansas testing complete, the simple
averages for dough functionality continued to improve with almost all parameters
being comparable to five-year averages.