Hard Red Winter
HRW harvest continued a rapid progression north well into central Kansas this last week, and industry contacts estimate the Kansas harvest is now about 19% complete. The industry believes Oklahoma’s harvest is 81% complete and the Texas harvest is 70% complete. Yields continued to vary depending on planting dates and seasonal rainfall, but were higher than expected even in very dry areas. Most encouraging to the industry is that crop quality is holding up well with no slump in test weights and generally very good protein levels. Hot weather in the coming week will keep harvesters in the field and some think Kansas wheat harvest could be over in 7 to 10 more days. The HRW crop in northeast Colorado, Nebraska and into the northern Plains remains in good to very good condition. Though HRW in Montana is a bit behind normal, farmers there see good yield potential. As of today, data is available from 61 samples from Texas and Oklahoma, showing average test weight of 61.4 lb/bu (80.7 kg/hl) and average protein of 12.4% (12% moisture basis).