The 2016 HRW wheat harvest has reached South Dakota with isolated areas within that state being cut over the last few days. South Dakota expects to begin widespread cutting in the southern parts of the state early next week if dry weather prevails. South Dakota expects a higher than normal abandonment (haying) due to low crop prices and a shortage of hay for livestock. Rain showers have slowed harvest in parts of western Kansas, southeast Colorado (where harvest is well underway) and southern Nebraska. Rain continues to delay the start of harvest in northeast Colorado into far western Nebraska for the few fields that are ready to cut. Main areas of Texas yet to be cut are extreme northwest parts of the state, while harvest continues to wind down across the remainder of the state. Oklahoma is mostly complete with harvest with the exception of the areas bordering Texas and Colorado in the far northwestern part of that state. Significant acres remaining to be cut in Kansas are located in the southwest (rain delay) and northwest where harvest is just getting into full swing.
Test weight continued to climb this week, up from 61.0 lb/bu (80.2 kg/hl) last week to 61.4 lb/bu (80.7 kg/hl) this week and significantly better than last year’s final average of 59.3 lb/bu (78.0 kg/hl). TKW also increased this week from 32.1 grams last week to 32.2 grams this week and again a marked improvement over last year’s final average of 29.8 grams. Falling number (379) is slightly lower than last year’s (400), but did improve over last week (356). Protein remained at 11.1% this week, below last year’s 12.3% overall final average.
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