Harvest Report - May 18, 2012
HRW

After precipitation stalled the early HRW harvest in north Texas and southwest Oklahoma this past week, combines are now running with cutting as far north as central Oklahoma.  Several elevator managers in the northern part of Oklahoma indicated they will likely do test cutting this weekend with harvest expected to cross the border into southern Kansas by early next week if weather permits.  Crop progress continues to be two to three weeks ahead of normal, extending into Colorado and Nebraska.

The harvest in southwest Oklahoma will be winding down this weekend, while areas south of Dallas are still making slow progress due to wet fields, high moisture grain and lodged wheat.  Early yield reports are highly variable, ranging from the high teens to well over 70 bushels per acre, but a common average from several elevator managers has been in the upper 30’s.

The first 17 samples from north Texas and southwest Oklahoma were delivered to the ARS Wheat Quality Lab for evaluation and to FGIS for grading late this week.  Test weights have been impressive considering the heat that occurred prior to wheat being physiologically mature.  Proteins reported by elevator managers are also wide ranging and may be related to the maturity of the crop at the time hot weather occurred.

Hard Red Winter
WHEAT DATA
GRADE FACTORS
Samples
Test Weight
Tested
Expected
Moisture
%
Protein
%
Dry Basis Protein*
Dockage
%
TKW
(gm)
FN
(sec)
Grade
lb/bu
kg/hl
FM%
Damage
%
S&B
%
Defects
%
This Week
17
530
11.3
11.8
13.4
0.4
1 HRW
61.5
80.9
0.1
0.1
1.4
1.6
Last Week
2011 Final
477
472
10.6
12.4
14.1
0.5
30.1
402
1 HRW
60.7
79.9
0.2
0.2
1.2
1.6