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Crop Progress Report September 27, 2016

Harvest of the U.S. spring wheat crop is complete, with the exception of some of the latest planted fields. With 96 percent of the spring wheat samples collected and analyzed at the spring wheat quality lab, quality remained relatively stable with last week. Protein dropped slightly from 14.3 to 14.2 percent. Falling number average remains above 400 seconds and test weights are stable at 61.2 pounds per bushel (80.5 kg/hl). Damage is fairly low at 0.1 percent with total defects at 0.9 percent. The crop currently grades a No. 1 Dark Northern Spring with average vitreous kernel content of 77 percent. This will be the last Crop Progress report until final quality date, including milling and baking data, are available.

Durum harvest is nearing completion with 92 percent of the North Dakota crop and 97 percent of the Montana crop harvested. About 90 percent of the durum samples have been collected and analyzed. Quality did not change significantly from last week. Average protein remains at 13.7 percent and average falling number is above 400 seconds. Test weight is 60.4 pounds per bushel (87.7 kg/hl). Damage is averaging 0.3 percent with total defects at 1.3 percent. The crop grades a No. 1 Hard Amber Durum with average vitreous kernel content of 86 percent. The biggest concern continues to be the presence of DON in some of the samples. While that data has not been completely analyzed, it is evident that some samples in the northern tier of North Dakota and northeast Montana do have elevated levels of DON. More complete quality analysis data will be available in the final report.



Crop Condition Ratings - Percent of Crop in each Condition
  V Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent Index
ND Spring - this week 3 6 20 61 10 369
ND Spring - last week 3 7 19 62 9 367
ND Durum - this week 1 2 10 69 18 401
ND Durum - last week 1 2 10 69 18 401
Minnesota -this week 4 5 22 53 16 372
Minnesota - last week 3 5 23 55 14 372
Montana - this week 2 4 29 52 13 370
Montana - last week 1 4 29 52 14 374
South Dakota - this week 3 11 47 36 3 325
South Dakota - last week 3 12 46 36 3 324
U.S. - this week 3 6 25 56 10 364
U.S. - last week 2 6 24 58 10 368
As of August 14, 2016


Percent Headed and Harvested by State
  9/25/16 Last week Last year 5 Year Avg.
ND Spring - % headed* 98 98 92 76
ND Spring - % harvested 98 95 97 91
ND Durum - % headed 92 92 73 56
ND Durum - % harvested 92 85 95 87
Minnesota - % headed* 97 94 99 91
Minnesota - % harvested 100 100 100 96
Montana - % headed* 90 75 96 74
Montana - % harvested 94 89 99 88
South Dakota - % headed* 100 99 96 96
South Dakota - % harvested 100 97 100 99
U.S. - % headed* 96 91 95 81
U.S. - % harvested 98 94 99 93
Percent headed as of August 9, 2016

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