Mark Hodges of Plains Grains Says the Quality of the 2018 Makes Him Very, Very, Very HappyFri, 10 Aug 2018 06:16:26 CDT
With harvest complete in the southern plains, Mark Hodges and Plains Grains is watching the northern states as they are the in the midst of harvest of their Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop. Hodges talked with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about the harvest and the quality of the 2018 crop as the latter part of the season lab results continue to trickle in. You can listen to their conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
About the quality of the 2018 HRW crop overall- Hodges says he is "very, very , very happy with quality." Hodges believes that even with the "half of a crop" that Oklahoma wheat farmers ended up with- the 2018 wheat crop is a high quality crop- a very functional crop for millers and bakers- and will offer a chance to take of the lesser quality wheat from the last couple of growing seasons and blend the 2018 crop with it to offer a top notch product to our customers.
Thursday evening- the latest weekly harvest report was released by the group- here is the summary of harvest progress as of August 9th:
"The 2018 HRW wheat harvest continues in full swing in Montana, Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Weather conditions over the last week have been favorable for considerable progress in those states. Additionally, Montana is reporting very good yields, very good test weight and very good protein from wheat being cut in the central and northern parts of the state. Washington, Oregon and Idaho are also reporting a very good crop with high test weights, however in early testing, protein generally ranging from 11% to 11.5%.
"The first 11 samples from Montana and grading data from the first 17 samples from the Pacific Northwest arrived in the lab this week. There is only a slight change in overall testing averages this week with moisture decreasing by 0.1 percent to 11.3% as compared to 11.4% last week and as compared to the final average last year of 10.6%. Protein decreased slightly this week from 12.6% to 12.5%, but is still over a full percentage point higher than last year’s 11.4%. Test weight also increased slightly this week from 60.6 lb/bu (79.7 kg/hl) to 60.7 lb/bu (79.8 kg/hl) and is comparable to last year’s final average of 60.8 lb/bu (80.0 kg/hl). Falling number decreased slightly this week to 375 seconds from 379 seconds last week, but still is consistent with sound wheat."
To review the complete report- click here to jump over to the Plains Grains WebSite.
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