|Soft red winter wheat harvest is moving quickly throughout the sampling areas. Illinois is approximately 20% completed, although parts of the state are experiencing flooding and standing water. Indiana has some reports of rust due to the lingering rains. Sampling is completed in Arkansas, as well as the early harvest samples in Virginia and North Carolina as of today. Maryland has been hot and dry the past week enabling the harvest to progress to 25% completion, while Virginia is almost 50% complete, but signs of drought stress are appearing. Ohio harvesting has begun in the southern portions of the state and should begin over the next week in the northern portion. |
Data for the entire region shows protein slightly higher than last year's final average with a similar falling number value. The test weight is quite a bit higher to date as is the 1000 kernel weight.
Central and northern Arkansas data indicate an average test weight of 56.0 lb/bu (73.8 kg/hl) with a protein average of 10%. Some low falling number values have been seen in central Arkansas, but the northern area is fine on the samples tested. The protein average in the southern area of North Carolina is quite high at 12.6% vs 11.4% last year, while the northern area is similar to last year at 11.0%. In Virginia, as of today, the average test weight is 62.0 lb/bu (81.5 kg/hl) while proteins are ranging from 9.3% to 11.8%.
Flour data has been determined for southern Arkansas and has a very good milling yield of 72.4% with a flour ash of 0.52%. Farinograph absorption is typical at 53-54%.