The 2012 HRW harvest is winding down in
South Dakota and Wyoming with the exception of some irrigated acres that
will wrap up early next week. Both states are still averaging over
61.5 pounds per bushel and both are averaging well over 12% protein. South
Dakota is averaging 2.7 mm kernel size with over 32 grams thousand kernel
weight, both values well above long-term averages and reflecting large
Montana began its HRW harvest this week
in the northeast, southeast and southern parts of the state. Very
early reports show good test weights, averaging 61.5 pounds per bushel
(80.9 kg/hl), 40-45 bushel per acre yields and an average of 11.5% protein
with a range of 9% - 13%.
Mill, dough and bake testing have been
done on a large share of the Texas and Oklahoma samples. The average
protein in the two states was high (12.5%), but heat and other stresses
on the crop resulted in an unusually wide range of proteins (from 9% -
17%). These initial processing results indicate that stress on the
crop at key stages of development has also had a negative effect on the
functionality of the wheat. Alveograph P, L, and W values are below
the five-year crop averages with an average W value of less than 210 for
the samples tested so far. Farinograph dough stability for these
samples averages less than 10 minutes, well below the unusually high 15-minute
average of the 2011 crop and below the five-year average of 11 minutes.
These are preliminary results for two states; mill and bake testing
for the 2012 HRW crop is still not complete.