Archive for August, 2012
The Wheat Quality Council hard spring and durum tour was conducted July 23-26 mainly in North Dakota plus some parts of South Dakota and Minnesota. There were 377 spring wheat fields surveyed and 26 durum fields. The tour also surveyed 18 hard winter fields. The average for all 421 field stops was 44.8 bushels per acre compared to 41.1 last year and the five year average of 40.9 bushels. Although it is difficult to detect disease on ripe wheat, this year’s crop appeared to be in overall good shape. One thing that was different about this crop was that the harvest started earlier than normal. A lot of the wheat fields were already cut on the southern regions. Since planting in the whole region was done very early in the year, the wheat appeared to have developed enough to resist and escape the extreme heat that was experienced.
Our new inspector, Mr. Bryan Pogan joined the tour and had this to say; “I had a great time and made some new friends”. – “I particularly enjoyed the stop at the North Dakota mill were I got the chance to watch the milling process and see the amazing equipment.” – Bryan was among many other newcomers to this year’s tour.
The tour provides a lot of good experience for anyone in the industry and really helps our newcomers and rookie inspectors to understand the wheat growing conditions. It also helps us to anticipate the type of wheat that will be available and most likely end up on our grading tables in the dry lab for analysis.
The tour is very valuable to us and and we are thankful for WQC for hosting this event year after year. We look forward to 2013.