|The Montana 2010 HRW harvest is now 95% complete with areas in the south and east all complete. Havre (north central) is 90% complete. Shelby (north central) is 90% complete and will conclude harvest in the next four days if weather permits. Great Falls (north central) is 85% complete with good yields and average protein, and should be done within a week with good weather.|
Gulf Tributary locations testing has been completed with a full published report to be issued within the next 30 days. Over 80% of the samples were graded #1 HRW, though one-third of those samples were below 11.5% wheat protein. Consequently, the resulting flour protein is significantly below the 5-year average at 10.2%, and faringraph absorption is also below the 5-year average. However, not all protein-related tests (such as mix tolerance, sedimentation, etc.) are showing lower values, which indicates the protein present has quality. The crop has very good average test weight (61.0 lbs/bu) and large kernels (2.61 mm). Individual testing data can be viewed at www.plainsgrains.org.