Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas are now essentially complete with the 2018 HRW wheat harvest. Colorado is now 80% complete with only the northeastern ¼ of the state still cutting and Nebraska is now 65% complete with only far western areas yet to be cut. Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota continue to have wet conditions, in some locations very heavy rain, slowing harvest progress this week. While some wheat has been cut in Montana harvest is still just getting underway. The Pacific Northwest ranges from harvest being in full swing in Oregon, to only being well underway in limited areas of Washington and Idaho. Early yield reports are very good.
Reports from Colorado indicate below average yields in the southeast and east central parts of the state, while the northeast reports good yields. Test weights are consistently being reported from 58 lb/bu (76.4 kg/hl) to over 61 lb/bu (80.2 kg/hl ) with protein ranging between 11% and 12%. Nebraska is reporting test weights ranging from 60 lb/bu (78.9 kg/hl) to 62 lb/bu (81.5kg/hl) and proteins of 11% to 13% in the southeast and 9% to 14% in the western areas. Early reports from Washington indicate test weights ranging from 61.5 lb/bu (80.9 kg/hl ) to 63 lb/bu (82.8kg/hl) and protein averaging 12%.
There are now 293 of an expected 500 samples now in the lab for evaluation. Those samples represent over 95% of the Gulf Tributary production. Additional samples from Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota will arrive in the lab early next week. The Single Kernel Characterization System instrument in the lab continues to be unavailable and is being repaired. This continues to limit the ability of the lab to measure and report kernel characteristics, including TKW. Even with an additional 69 samples tested this week results remain very consistent. Most notably test weight at 60.3 lb/bu (79.3 kg/hl) and protein 12.8% did not change.
Click link to download a PDF version of the PGI HRW Harvest Summary July 20 2018