Hard Red Winter The 2018 HRW harvest in the Northern Plains and Pacific Northwest (PNW) is running behind the 5-year average but is now in full swing. There is an interesting difference in Montana: harvest in the north central “Golden Triangle” is well ahead of the crop in the southern part of the state based on seeding times and a late spring, but harvest is nearing 40% complete in the state. The reports from Montana are about an excellent crop with very good test weight running well above the 60 lb/bu (78.9 kg/hl) average. Protein levels are also greater than 12% (12% moisture basis) with local averages above 13%. Yields have been very good as well. Rain stopped harvest in Nebraska’s northern Panhandle and in Southeast Wyoming over the past week and will likely lower test weights from that area. Dryland yields in Wyoming are variable. Conditions remain quite good in the three PNW states where test weights are excellent and protein is running between 11% and 12%.