|An additional 48 samples were received from the various soft red winter areas harvesting this week. Early sample collection is complete in all states with the exception of Maryland which should be in this week. All late samples are in with the exception of Ohio, Indiana and Maryland. |
Protein inched up slightly to 10.1% overall. The crop is still maintaining good test weights with the cumulative average holding steady at over 60 lb/bu (78.9 kg/hl). Falling numbers remain high, and the overall crop is grading #1.
- Maryland initiated harvest this week and is expected to finish rather quickly. The harvest should be complete by next week providing there are no weather delays.
- Ohio is reporting approximately 20% harvested, behind last year's 48% complete at this time. Recent cooler temperatures, below the average, explain some of the slower progress. This crop has been rated 53% good and 16% excellent by NASS for this year.
- Indiana is nearing completion, slightly ahead of last year.
- Illinois harvest is reported complete with some remaining samples trickling in.
- Missouri is completely harvested and all samples are in and being analyzed.
Arkansas harvest is complete. Early 2006 samples compared with early 2005 samples (no late samples were available in 2005 due to weather conditions), show higher flour proteins of 9.21% compared to 7.89% in southern Arkansas, lower ash values and slightly lower, but still acceptable, falling number values. No vomitoxin issues have been identified.