Your Link to Quality Wheat

We Serve hard red winter(HRW) wheat producers through our quality testing, timely reporting, enhanced marketing and the development of the buyer relationships.

Plains Grains Inc.

Operating Across the Great Plains and Pacific Northwest

The 2020 HRW wheat harvest has now wrapped up in virtually every state as preparations begin for the 2021 crop being planted.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture Grain Inspection labs (Spokane, Colfax and Pasco) have collected another 83 samples this week (bringing the total to 1,584) with no change since last week; 11.7% average protein, 8.7% moisture and an average test weight of 62.1 lb/bu (81.7 kg/hl).

406 individual samples are now in various stages of testing. Overall test weight increase this week to 61.7 lb/bu (81.1kg/hl); which is slightly above last year average; kernel sizing L 61%; M 37%; S 2%; 406 single kernel data: TKW average is 31.3 g; 2.60 mm kernel diameter (matching the Wheat Quality Council target); average kernel hardness is 67.0; protein average 11.9 % ; falling number average 367 seconds. Preliminary bake data from Texas through South Dakota now indicates an averaged loaf volume across all composites of 867 cc; the Wheat Quality Council target is >850 cc; Farinograph stability over those same composites averaged 10.5 minutes with flour protein averaging 11.0%. The quality target is 11% flour protein and 12% wheat protein in terms of expecting good loaf volume and end use functionality. Bake absorptions have still not dropped below 60% with all samples having been between 60%-67% absorption. Although this crop is on the lower end of protein in terms of volume desired, the protein quality is still present and resulting in exceptionally good water absorption and will deliver end-product quality.

NOTE: Sample averages are simple averages not weighted for production.

Who We Are & What We Do

Hard Red Wheat FieldPlains Grains, Inc. (PGI) is a private, nonprofit wheat marketing organization dedicated to providing the link between producers of hard red winter (HRW) wheat, grain companies, and foreign and domestic flour millers to benefit all segments of the wheat industry.

Our mission is to:

  • Gather and deliver timely quality and production data
  • Cultivate relationships between producers, elevators, grain handlers, and domestic and foreign millers
  • Effectively market the quality characteristics of annual HRW wheat to interested buyers

We serve the Great Plains and Pacific Northwest states of Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming and are guided by a board of directors who represent these states.

How We Work with Customers

We work with buyers and producers of hard red winter wheat(HRW). For buyers we help want to help you make the best possible purchasing decisions based on the most up-to-date quality wheat information. For sellers we’re able to provide quality data to market your wheat, along with PGI buyer connections to ensure wheat producers receive a fair price.

  • Buyers

    Helping you find the quality you want.

    We are dedicated to helping buyers of hard red winter (HRW) wheat make the best possible purchasing decisions based on the most up-to-date quality wheat information. Through our established relationships with producers, elevators, grain handlers, and domestic and foreign millers, we gather HRW wheat crop quality and production data directly from the sources. Quality testing accurately defines the value of the current year’s HRW wheat for millers and bakers by demonstrating:

    • Where wheat of specific quality can be originated
    • Factors used to determine the value for application in end-use products
    • Unbiased third-party evaluation of flour, dough, and baking properties
  • Producers

    Helping you successfully market your wheat

    Our goal is to successfully link producers of hard red winter (HRW) wheat with buyers from around the globe seeking quality product at a fair price. We are continually identifying ways to strengthen relationships with both domestic and foreign buyers to complement the efforts of U.S. Wheat Associates to market HRW wheat. By providing quality data, we can help millers and bakers make purchasing decisions based on quality factors as well as price. Our annual quality survey helps ensure buyers purchase a consistent product—they will know what to expect from HRW wheat in PGI’s member states. This decreases risk, ensures quality, and allows wheat producers to receive a fair price.

Recent News & Articles

  • PGI HRW Harvest Report September 11, 2020

    This is the last 2020 HRW wheat harvest summary, there will be a final data summary report issued by mid-October. That report will include weighted data (for production and protein breakouts), in […]Read More

  • PGI HRW Harvest Summary September 4 2020

    The 2020 HRW wheat harvest has now wrapped up in virtually every state as preparations begin for the 2021 crop being planted. The Washington State Department of Agriculture Grain Inspection labs (Spokane, […]Read More

  • PGI HRW Harvest Summary August 28 2020

    The remaining states in the Pacific Northwest still harvesting HRW should finish up over the weekend or early next week.  Idaho and Washington are at or just above 90% complete while Oregon […]Read More

  • PGI Harvest Summary August 21 2020

    If harvest weather holds across the Pacific Northwest for the next 5 to 7 days, the 2020 HRW wheat harvest will be completed.  All remaining states still harvesting are over 70% compete […]Read More

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