|The 2011 HRW wheat harvest took a big leap forward in Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota this past week with drier weather and triple digit temperatures. Colorado is winding down quickly now with the only area left harvesting being in the extreme northeast. Nebraska is also winding down with most of the area left to be harvested being in the far west. Wyoming, at 12% harvested, is still well behind the five-year average of over 50% harvested by this date. |
Yields have increased as harvest moved north with 45 to 65 bushels per acre now consistently being reported which indicates more favorable growing conditions during key crop development periods, and these favorable growing conditions have positively affected kernel characteristics. Producer and elevator reports are indicating a decrease in test weight and protein, but an increase in thousand kernel weight.
Test weight average dropped slightly this week, but thousand kernel weight average increased by 0.7g to 29.4g. Protein this week decreased from 13.0% to 12.7%. These slight reductions were offset by some very good yields being reported by producers. Many of the good yields being reported were unexpected due to erratic emergence and poor crop development, but favorable spring weather made the difference.