|Soft red winter harvesting went well early this week in Arkansas but has slowed the last two days by rain and wet fields. In southern North Carolina, progress was made, but rains slowed harvest in the northern areas. Virginia is still about a week from starting. Southeast Missouri began harvesting this week, but wet conditions halted the harvest there. Indiana and Illinois are anticipating harvest to begin by the end of next week, if conditions allow. Arkansas is approaching 50% harvested which is 8% below the five-year average for this date. Missouri is 5% completed compared to the five-year average of 17%, and North Carolina is 15% behind the completion rate of 2008.|
The flour data from southern Arkansas has lower milling yield compared to 2008. The farinograph absorption and the alveograph W value are also lower. There is little change in the data from early to late harvest.