|The testing of all soft red winter samples has now been completed. The final 14 samples tested this week resulted in little change to the non-grade factors. The cumulative grade factors did have just a very slight decrease in test weight. Compared to 2010 final results, the non-grade factors are quite similar. The cumulative test weight has increased 0.5 lb/bu over last year while total defects declined from 2.3% to 1.4%.|
The samples tested this past week were from western Maryland, northern Ohio and northern Indiana. The test weight in the Maryland samples declined from a 58.8 lb/bu (77.4 kg/hl) average last year to 56.9 lb/bu (74.9 kg/hl) this year. Thousand kernel weight decreased 1 gram, and both showed a decline over the duration of the harvest. The northern Indiana sample average was 2 lb/bu higher in test weight this year, but both the test weight and thousand kernel weight again declined when comparing early and late harvest samples. The average test weight in northern Ohio increased almost 3 lb/bu over last year's average. Protein average has decreased approximately 0.5% this year, and there were instances of <300 results for falling number value from this region.