|The final grade information has been completed with no change from last week's data. Compared to the final data from 2009, the grade has increased to a #2 from last year's #3. Test weight has increased from 57.8 to 58.5 lb/bu (77.0 kg/hl) while foreign material increased from 0.0 last year to 0.3 in 2010. Damage is lower this year (1.4% compared to 2.3%), and shrunken and broken is virtually the same as last year. Total defects have decreased to 2.3% from 2.9% |
(Harvest Report Editor's Note: There is very wide variability in test weight results from state to state in the 2010 SRW crop with test weights generally higher in the Eastern states of Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina and lower in the other six states surveyed. The averages reported in these weekly harvest reports are a simple average of the results of the samples collected and tested. Weighting the results for production by state, which is done in USW's annual Crop Quality Report, yields a lower average test weight value of 57.9 lb/bu and a lower average grade of #3.)
According to NASS survey data (not final production data), estimates of this year's Soft Red Winter crop are smaller than last year's in total production in each of the states included in our sampling program. The NASS survey on production shows the estimated Missouri and Illinois crop at approximately 38% of last year's total bushels harvested. The smallest decrease compared to 2009 is Maryland at an estimated 84% of last year's total bushels harvested. Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia are estimated at 71%, 77%, and 74%, respectively, of last year's production. Of the nine states surveyed, three had an increase in bu/acre while the remaining six decreased. Ohio had the highest at 66 bu/acre and North Carolina the lowest at 37 bu/acre.
The laboratory mill flour ash is equal to 2009 for the entire sampling region. Farinograph absorption is unchanged for the average of the entire sampling region with Kentucky and Arkansas having the largest increase ( about 2%) and Maryland the largest decrease (about 2%). Bread volume is unchanged from last year with 738 cc in 2010 compared to 731 cc in 2009. Cookie W/T is higher in general this year with Illinois showing the largest increase (2.53) and Kentucky the largest decrease (1.61).