The Wheat Quality Council begins their annual 2016 Hard Red Spring Wheat tomorrow and finish up on Thursday, but according to many it might be a quick tour with wheat harvest already in full swing in many of the inspected areas. The tour will begin in Fargo, ND where participants will split into three groups headed for western Minnesota, central North Dakota and northern South Dakota for the day. Round one will end in Bismarck, ND where scouts will rest for the night and then move on to inspect western and northern North Dakota. The last stop will be in Devil’s Lake, before the tour inspects Northeastern North Dakota on the final day.
As extensive as the tour is, however, it won’t be without its challenges. Pre-tour interviews with participants indicate that harvest is moving along much faster this year, with many indicating they witnessed combined fields on their way into Fargo for the tour. USDA’s weekly progress report LAST Monday for the state of ND reported 51% of the crop was coloring, well ahead of the 23% normally seen at this time of year.
Despite some challenges, however, the consensus in that the HRS and durum crops will largely be average in yield, down from previous year but not disappointing. In fact, early expectations are that while yields may have taken a hit due to heat and dryness, protein levels are likely improved which could be a relief to a market recently flooded by a low protein hard red winter crop.Share