Sample receipt and testing proceeded very
rapidly this week for samples from all states except Ohio. Ohio anticipates
that harvest will start next week, and sampling should be finished in several
states by that time. Harvest is now completed in Arkansas compared
to only 42% completion on this date last year. Most of the growing
region is harvesting at this rate or better with several states reporting
more than 50% harvested compared to a typical average of less than 10%
complete at this point in June.
The samples tested this week have not
altered the cumulative protein average, but there has been an increase
in the overall moisture average. Thousand kernel weight and test
weight have also increased, and the cumulative grade is now a US No. 1
with the defect factors showing a decrease for all except foreign material.
Compared to 2011 final averages, protein is unchanged, test weight
to date is up from last year's final 58.9 lb/bu and thousand kernel weight
is also higher than last year’s 32.2 grams.
The Arkansas crop is showing an acceptable
laboratory milling yield this year with very good flour ash results. Farinograph
absorption is trending slightly lower this year while the bake volume is
similar, with a slightly lower grain and texture score. Starch damage,
falling number values and amylograph results are acceptable.
*The grades reported this week include
three composites for Early and three for Late.