Overview 2021: Over the next several months PGl will be issuing weekly reports (as we have done over the past several years) to keep you advised of HRW harvest progress and quality data as we receive lab results. To provide you with as much information as possible and to make it as efficient as possible we have improved our website and are working on an additional feature that we believe will be extremely beneficial to you in your efforts to not only better understand the kernel/mill/dough/bake qualities of the current year crop, but also to be able to compare and contrast it to previous crops.
This will be accomplished using a dashboard which is currently scheduled to be launched the last week of May. PGI is excited about the potential value this brings to our users throughout the marketing chain and supporting infrastructure. We will be providing over 10 years of data (over 500,000 data points) in this effort and know of no other such project of this comprehensive scope. Initially, all parameters will be available via grainshed (41 unique growing areas) averages through the dashboard. Additionally, features allowing a line graph via popup of the previous 10 years when hovering over the grainshed for each parameter will be shown.
Upgrades and enhancements to the website will also be available to include NASS graphics of historical data such as planted acres, harvested acres, production, etc. Additionally, the NASS Cropland Data Layer Map is being updated to show all rail and water shipping points of HRW in the US and their capacities. We believe these upgrades will be of great value to the HRW wheat industry (and the supporting infrastructure) by providing our customers with the most user-friendly access to the valuable data we have available.
5/14/2021: While the US Hard Red Winter Wheat harvest has begun it has been on a very limited basis in the coastal areas of Texas (5% complete) and is now on hold due to rain. Most other areas of the southern and central Great Plains are generally a week to 10 days behind normal development for this time of year. Wet and cool conditions in those areas have led to the development and spread of leaf and stripe rust. Concern over forecast continued cool wet weather during the next week will only exacerbated those fears.