|Another strong week of harvesting has enabled sampling completion in all but Northern Indiana. Overall, the cumulative averages are consistent with the exception of a slight increase in defects from 0.8% to 1.0%. Cumulative grade remains a US #1. Compared to 2007, the protein is down about 0.5%, and test weight is up 0.7 lb/bu or 0.8 kg/hl. Dockage is down from 1% last year to 0.8% this year.|
Yields continue to range from 50-80 bu/acre in much of the area; although, Missouri growers have reported as low as 20 bu/acre in several locations. Protein is averaging from 9.1% to 10.3% across the region. With the exception of southern Ohio, falling number values have been 300+ on average; southern Ohio's average is 283. The 1000 kernel weight has increased over last year's average in samples from Ohio, Maryland and Virginia.
On the lab scale milling, yield has increased over last year in the samples milled this week from Kentucky and North Carolina. Flour ash has been very good across the entire growing region.