|Significant progress was made this week in testing samples from the soft red winter wheat regions with the exception of Missouri. Approximately five inches of rain fell on northern Missouri throughout the last week. The East Coast states (North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland) were all ahead of the normal harvest pace, while those in the Midwest were trailing the normal rate.|
This week’s additional results have done little to alter the cumulative data. Compared to the final data from 2007, the protein is 0.6% lower this year while total defects have decreased 0.3%. Average test weight is 60.6 lb/bu (79.7 hg/hl) this year compared to the final 59.8 lb/bu (78.7 kg/hl) last year. Falling number value results equal 2007 while the cumulative grade is #1 this year thus far compared to a #2 SRW last year.
The early lab scale milling results for the regions analyzed indicate better or equal yields with a lower flour ash compared to 2007.
Farinograph absorption data is trending lower to date as is bread volume.
The data on the wheat from Virginia and Illinois are very similar to 2007, but no milling or flour data is available at this time. Preliminary results from Indiana wheat testing are indicating a slight increase in average test weight with equivalent protein content. Falling number value results are above 300 throughout the region.