The 2018 HRW wheat harvest is winding down rapidly with the only states now harvesting being Montana (90% complete), Washington (90% complete) and Idaho (91% complete). Those 3 states continue to report very good yields, very good test weight and good protein. Overall averages in the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho are reporting current results through the Wheat Marketing Center and include, test weight 62.5 lb/bu (82.1 kg/hl), moisture 8.2%, total defects 0.5%, dockage 0.3%, protein 11.7%, TKW 34.5g and an average falling number of 366 sec.
In Montana the Grain Lab has not changed the information available from last week that overall the crop is averaging 63 lb/bu (82.8 kg/hl) and 12.6% protein. As was mentioned last week, HRW production in the eastern areas of Montana is extremely low as drought last fall (not unlike the previous 2 years) limited the number of planted acres.
There were only 19 new sample results to report this week, so kernel information has changed very little. Moisture dropped 0.2% from 11.3% to 11.1%, protein remained at 12.5% overall while test weight increased to 60.8 lb/bu (79.9 kg/hl) up from 60.7 lb/bu (79.8 kg/hl) and falling number decreased very slightly this week (372 sec) down from (375 sec) last week. Mill/dough/bake results are still very good with average flour yield now at (74.9%, 0.45 ash 14% mb), flour falling number 412 sec, farinograph (development time 5.3 min., stability 12.2 min.), alveograph, (W-value 271 10-4 J, 0.87 P/L ratio) and loaf volume (902 cc). All data contained herein are Unweighted averages.
Click link to download a PDF of the PGI HRW Harvest Summary August 24 2018