Harvest Report - May 18, 2012
SRW

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.

Soft 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
Last Week
2011 Final
377
350
12.9
10.2
11.6
0.7
32.2
330
2 SRW
58.9
77.5
0.1
0.8
0.5
1.4