|The 2011 HRW wheat harvest is quickly winding down in all states. Washington, at 85% complete, is the only state remaining with significant acres yet to be cut. Proteins range from 9.5% to over 13.0%, with a PNW average of 10.5% so far as reported by the Wheat Marketing Center. As reported last week, a survey of handlers indicates HRW protein levels seem to be rising as harvest progresses with several reporting 11.5% to 12.0%. Test weights continue to be very good, averaging 62 lb/bu with falling numbers around 330 seconds. Yields continue to be exceptional and well above average for most growers.|
In Montana, HRW wheat harvest is now virtually complete and spring wheat harvest is in full swing. Average test weights are still being reported at 60 lb/bu. Early samples indicate protein is highly variable within defined geographical areas, but is still averaging at 12%.
The North Dakota HRW harvest is now 99% complete, with no new trends to report; disappointing yields, but high protein levels. Yields will likely average slightly below normal at 40 bu/acre due to a combination of too much heat, rain, leaf and bacterial diseases, and extremely wet soil conditions at seeding time in some areas.
Grade and non-grade data for North Dakota and Montana will be included in next week’s report.