|The SRW crop harvest typically begins in Arkansas the last week of May and in North Carolina the first or second week of June. While it appears, as of today, that North Carolina could begin in early June as expected, the rains and flooding in Arkansas will obviously affect the start this year. Contacts in the southernmost area of the state indicated that harvest could begin in two-three weeks depending on weather. However, the central area of Arkansas reported a significant delay, with a wide range of comments such as "we need two more weeks to dry out before we can estimate a start" to "a possible start in five-six weeks from the river's crest which was May 10."|
The last USDA estimates indicated a significant increase in planted acres across the entire growing region compared with 2010. As of last week, 100% of the crop was headed in Arkansas, 97% in North Carolina and 58% in Missouri. Forty-eight percent of the Arkansas wheat was rated good to excellent, 81% in North Carolina and 58% in Missouri.
Based on the reports from the field, it is anticipated that sample collection will begin the first week of June with the first data to be reported the following week.