|All sampling of SRW wheat will be completed by the week's end. In the Midwest states, Illinois is 15% ahead of last year's harvest pace, Indiana 20% ahead, Ohio 35% and Missouri is 95% completed (about a week ahead of normal pace). The East Coast states are virtually completed with harvest. Illinois had the first week in a month with below average precipitation, and Indiana also had clear weather, enabling harvest to progress at a rapid pace. Ohio elevators are reporting concerns with DON levels.|
An additional 85 samples were tested this week with little change in cumulative test weight or protein. Thousand kernel weight decreased just slightly, while falling number value has remained the same as last week. The protein average this year is 0.3% higher than last year's final average despite the high average (12.2%) in the southern half of North Carolina. Thousand kernel weight is almost 2 grams higher to date compared to last year's final average, and test weight is 1.6 lb/bu (2.2 kg/hl) higher this year. Total defects are lower (1.5% to date compared to 2.9% in 2009), and the grade is a U.S. No. 2 compared to No. 3 in 2009. Farinograph absorption is trending higher than last year (54% compared to 52%), and the early bake testing results are consistent with last year's data.