The 2022 HRW wheat harvest continues to roll through Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota which now ranges between 1/3 and 2/3 complete with harvest. Sampling is now complete in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas with all samples now in the lab from those states. Harvest is just now underway in all HRW states in the Pacific Northwest as hot and dry weather prevails. Montana, Washington, Idaho and Oregon are all now reporting 65% – 75% good to excellent crop condition ratings and continue to expect above average yields and quality.
Very little disease or weed pressure is being reported in this crop (in all states) which was also expected considering the abnormally dry conditions this crop developed under. However, some damage is being reported due to sawfly and grasshopper infestations in NE Colorado and SE Wyoming.
Test weights continue to average above 60 lb/bu (60.5 lb/bu) with protein still averaging 13.3%. There are now 360 samples the lab and in various stages of testing. This crop overall has had very low dockage (0.4%) with very good (and uniform) kernel characteristics which are expected to continue as harvest moves north and west.
Early milling data from southern areas is expected to be available over the next few days and is still projected to confirm industry expectations for this crop as one that is sound with very good milling and baking characteristics.