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Spring Wheat Samples Being Sampled for Quality
USAgNet - 09/13/2018

Spring wheat harvest is wrapping up in the region. Harvest is basically finished in Minnesota and South Dakota, and harvest completion rates are 94 percent in North Dakota, and 87 percent in Montana. Crop quality samples continue to be analyzed at the wheat quality lab at NDSU, with about 80 percent of the samples assessed for quality. Quality factors have changed very little in the last week. Average protein remains at 14.7 percent and test weight is still averaging 61.7 pounds per bushel (81.1 kg/hl), both values are just slightly higher than the final values in 2017. Falling number continues to average above 400 seconds, indicating a sound crop. Damage remains low at 0.1 percent and shrunken and broken kernels are 0.7 percent. Vitreous kernel content edged high this week with an average of 90 percent, compared to 73 percent last year. The crop currently grades a No. 1 Dark Northern Spring.

Durum harvest progressed continued to progress fairly well this week with drier conditions allowing for improved harvest conditions after delays the last couple of weeks due to precipitation. About half of the expected samples have been analyzed at the wheat quality lab. Most of the samples analyzed so far are from southwest North Dakota and smaller production regions throughout the state. Samples from Montana and northwest North Dakota have been slower to come in due to harvest delays. Quality analysis shows an average protein of 14.6 percent, test weight of 61.6 pounds per bushel (80.2 kg/hl), and thousand kernel weight of 40.5 grams. Falling number values are high, with an average of 424 seconds. Grading data is not yet available.

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