|Favorable conditions have allowed the soft red winter harvest to progress rapidly this week, and harvest has either been completed or close to completed in all areas sampled with the exception of northern Indiana and Ohio. Most of the growing region is reporting equal or better harvest completion compared to the five-year average. Yields have been good to excellent across the region, with reports ranging from 25-70 bu/acre. However, the acres harvested are down significantly from last year. Most states are reporting a 20-30% decrease in harvested acreage this year, and Missouri is exceeding that number.|
Results from Kentucky have shown a decrease in test weight and 1,000 kernel weight with a slightly higher average wheat protein, and the same trend can be seen throughout the growing region this year.
The laboratory milling yield has decreased from last year, but flour ash remains satisfactory in the areas completed to date (Arkansas and North Carolina). The falling number value, in general, has been acceptable but is showing a decrease in some of the late-harvested wheat where conditions caused a delay in harvesting.