Harvesting has just begun this week in
southern Arkansas, several weeks ahead of the normal pace due to the mild
winter and warm spring. The remainder of the state should begin later
this week and into next week. Sampling will be done in the same states
as in the past: Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio,
North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. The first samples from Arkansas
are expected to arrive late this week and partial data for southern Arkansas
is anticipated next week.
Total US SRW production is forecast
by USDA to be down about 30 million bushels from last year due to a slight
decrease in planted acres and expected decrease in harvested acres and
yield. As of May 14, 53% of the wheat in Arkansas is rated good or
better according to USDA. North Carolina, where 80% of the crop is
rated good or better, expects to begin harvest by the last week of May.
The Missouri crop is 97% headed with 46% turning color, which is
22 days ahead of normal and 16 days ahead of 2011. Sixty-five percent
of the Missouri crop is rated good or better.