Plains Grains Reports Drought Forces South Dakota Farmers to Bale Much of Their Wheat Crop- Southern Plains Wheat Harvest CompleteFri, 14 Jul 2017 04:56:05 CDT
Plains Grains releases a weekly harvest update during the hard red winter wheat harvest season- the following is the latest report issued by their Executive Director, Mark Hodges, on Thursday evening, July 13th.
Hodges reports "Temperatures over 100 F (38 C) with dry windy conditions prevailing from the Pacific Northwest southward and eastward through the central US pushed the 2017 HRW wheat harvest into high gear in many areas over the past week. Kansas is now 99% complete with harvest while cutting in Colorado and Nebraska are both approaching 75% complete. The relentless heat and dry weather continues in South Dakota, especially in western South Dakota with much of that crop now in bales to be used as livestock feed. What crop is left is quickly being cut with almost one-third now harvested. The crop in eastern Montana and western North Dakota has also suffered from extreme drought and heat with much of that crop going into bales for livestock feed as well. HRW harvest has begun in eastern Montana with 5% of the state harvested at this point.
"There are now 254 samples of an expected 530 in the lab representing Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and parts of eastern Colorado and southern Nebraska. It is of note the similarities this crop has compared to last year’s crop. The effects of disease and relentless moisture on the crop after maturity in western Kansas, eastern Colorado and western Nebraska affected test weight slightly this week with the overall crop average now at 60.0 lb/bu (78.9 kg/hl) down from last week’s 60.4 lb/bu (79.4 kg/hl). There was no change in protein this week remaining at 11.3%."
To see the complete list of HRW states and their harvest progress- and quality details from the samples tested to date, click on the PDF file link below. To learn more about Plains Grains, click here for their website.
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