|Harvesting of the 2011 HRW wheat crop is now approaching the Nebraska border and is about to slow its northward progress dramatically. Over the last couple of months, I-70 in central Kansas has been the dividing line between drought stricken wheat and areas that have received generous amounts of moisture. Because of the cooler wet weather, crop development in areas north of I-70 have been about 10 days behind the 5-year average, compared to areas south of I-70 which are running about 10 days ahead of the 5-year average. |
Harvest continues to move north of Amarillo into the Texas Panhandle which is the only major area in Texas remaining to be cut, while Oklahoma’s harvest is quickly winding down. Kansas did not make much progress with harvest during the past week because of frequent rain showers.
The first samples of the 2011 HRW crop are in the lab for evaluation and are consistent with local observations. Test weights are averaging well over 61 pounds per bushel with outstanding protein levels exceeding 13%. Moisture is extremely low compared to normal crop years. Dockage is also low and probably a result of the very dry conditions which did not allow germination of cool season grassy weeds in this crop. Shrunken and broken kernels are above last year’s average and were not unexpected due to the extreme drought conditions this crop developed in. Thousand kernel weights will be available in next week’s report.