North Dakota Wheat Commision

Durum Crop Quality Report

The durum crop quality report provides grading data, kernel quality data, semolina quality data and pasta processing properties of the Northern durum crop. Samples are collected at harvest time in North Dakota and Montana and analyzed at the Durum Wheat Quality and Pasta Processing Laboratory at North Dakota State University. The reports are made available in late October each year. Use the links below to view the full reports.

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2017 Summary

The 2017 Northern durum crop averages a No. 1 Hard Amber Durum grade with an average protein level of 14.5 percent, nearly a point higher than last year. Average test weight of 60.9 pounds per bushel (79.4 kg/hl) is slightly lower than last year. Dry conditions led to very little disease pressure with damage at only 0.1 percent and DON is nearly non-existent. Drought effects are seen in the lower thousand kernel weights (average is 38.4 grams) and larger percentage of medium sized kernels. Falling numbers are sound at 380 seconds. While average vitreous kernel content is at 88 percent, rains in areas did adversely affect the color on a portion of the crop.

Total milling extraction is slightly lower than last year, while semolina extraction is higher. The decline in total extraction is due to smaller kernel size, while the good harvest conditions promoted kernel hardness and high HVAC, resulting in improved semolina extraction. Gluten index of 86.3 percent is notably higher than last year. Mixing properties are stronger than last year and evaluation of cooked spaghetti shows lower cooking loss, higher cooked firmness, and improved pasta color.


2017 Durum Quality Report
File Size: 3417.14 kb

2016 Durum Quality Report
File Size: 3456.01 kb

2015 Durum Quality Report
File Size: 3471.72 kb

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