Posted September 7, 2017
Preliminary data for the 2017 crop year from 12,851 carlot samples from 51 counties showed an average test weight of 60.5 pounds per bushel, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service and Kansas Grain Inspection Service, Inc. For comparison purposes, last year's crop averaged 60.5 pounds, while the 10-year average, 2007-2016, was 60.7 pounds per bushel.
Samples of wheat grading No. 1, at 67 percent, were up from 56 percent last year. Thirty percent graded No. 2, compared to 41 percent in 2016, and 3 percent graded No. 3 or below. Wheat samples averaged 0.4 percent damaged kernels, up 0.1 percentage point from 2016 and the 10-year average. Samples tested had 0.1 percent foreign material on average, up 0.1 percentage point from last year and equal to the 10-year average. Shrunken and broken kernels averaged 1.1 percent, equal to 2016, and down 0.1 percentage point from the 10-year average. Total defects averaged 1.6 percent, up 0.1 percentage point from 2016, but down 0.1 percentage point from the 10-year average. Average dockage for all samples was 0.6 percent, equal to last year.
There were 5,628 samples voluntarily submitted for inspection in the 2017 crop year. The test weight for these samples averaged 60.5 pounds per bushel, while protein was 11.4 percent and moisture content averaged 11.6 percent. Seventy-six percent of the submitted samples graded No.1 while 20 percent graded No. 2 and 4 percent graded No. 3 or below.
This is the only wheat quality release for the 2017 wheat harvest. Test weight, protein content, grade and defect samples were collected by Kansas Grain Inspection Service, Inc. The data were summarized by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Collection and publication services were funded by the Kansas Wheat Commission.