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Plains Grains Calls Hard Red Winter Wheat Harvest Done for 2021

Fri, 27 Aug 2021 16:12:50 EDT

Plains Grains Calls Hard Red Winter Wheat Harvest Done for 2021 During the wheat harvest season, Mark Hodges and Plains Grains release a weekly HRW wheat harvest report- here is the latest report from Hodges, as released on Thursday evening, August 26th:

State Percent Complete:
Texas 100%
Oklahoma 100%
Kansas 100%
Colorado 100%
Nebraska 100%
South Dakota 100%
Montana 100%
Washington 100%
Oregon 100%
Idaho 100%
Wyoming 100%

8/26/2021: The theme of the 2021 HRW harvest could be characterized as “extremes”. Harvest began in central Texas with rain, rain, and more rain just as the crop matured, that was followed by damp, overcast, cool weather making it very difficult to get the crop out of the field. These conditions prevailed for several weeks and when it wasn’t raining many areas experienced abnormally cool conditions, heavy overcast with very high humidity.

While not unusual for the Southern Plains during harvest, the length of time it lasted was unusual. Harvest in most of the central and eastern parts of the HRW production area of the US was delayed by almost 2 weeks due to excessive moisture and high humidity limiting harvest start times that then only lasted a very few hours each day before the straw was too tough to cut shutting down harvest early.

The northern US and Pacific Northwest experienced the opposite conditions leading to an early harvest seeing exceptionally dry conditions, abnormally high temperatures, and a short crop (understated). Early lab results are reflective of these conditions

Early testing data: There are currently 505 of (a now expected 525) samples in the lab and with 484 in various stages of testing. Moisture dropped slightly (11.0% to 10.9%) and overall protein increased from 11.8% to 11.9%. TKW increased from 30.1 grams to 30.2 grams and test weight decreased from 60.5 lbs/bu (79.6 kg/hl) to 60.4 lbs/bu (79.5 kg/hl). Falling number decreased slightly this week (364 sec.) down from (369 sec.) last week.

Read more about the test results that have been conducted by Plains Grains for the 2021 crop and other details of the harvest season that has now concluded by clicking on the PDF link below.




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