|An additional 49 samples were tested in the lab this week with little or no change in the cumulative data for moisture, protein, 1000 kernel weight, falling number and grade. The test weight cumulative dropped from 60.8 to 60.3 lb/bu (80.0 to 79.3 kg/hl), and dockage increased from 0.8% to 1.0%. Sampling continued in Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina, and began in Illinois and Indiana. Just today, the first samples were collected in Maryland.|
In Arkansas, the harvest has reached the five-year average as of this week while North Carolina and Virginia are much further ahead in comparison. However, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana are quite a bit behind the five-year average. Rains and flooding have continued to hamper progress from central Missouri through eastern Illinois. Kentucky is similar to the five-year average with yields approaching state record levels.
The Arkansas crop is lower in protein with equal or better test weight compared to 2007 data. There are no falling number value concerns to date. The wheat is milling better in the lab with lower or equal flour ash values. North Carolina has higher test weight and 1000 kernel weight averages this year. Protein is lower in the south but equal to the 2007 crop in the northern section.
Early data from Kentucky indicate better test weight and 1000 kernel weight averages compared to last year with a similar protein average. All falling number values have been above 330 to date. Early results from Missouri had higher test weight values with lower protein, but the continuing weather problems might affect the crop still in the fields.
Although samples have been collected in Illinois and Indiana, there are no data to report at this time.