Preliminary data from 3,924 carlot samples from 51 counties show an average test weight of 61.1 pounds per bushel, according to Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service and the Kansas Grain Inspection Service Inc.

For comparison purposes, last year's crop averaged 60.0 pounds, while the 10-year average from 1992-2001 is 60.1 pounds per bushel.

Protein is averaging 11.5%, compared with 13.1% for 2002 and 12% for the 10-year average. Moisture content is averaging 12.0%, compared with 11.2% for last year and 11.9% for the 10-year average. Favorable weather last week helped wheat harvest to progress rapidly. Harvest was 58% complete as of June 29, compared to 79% last year and 65% for the five-year average.

Samples of wheat grading No. 1, at 72%, are above the 48% of last year, while 22% graded No.2, compared with 48% in 2002. Only six percent graded number three or below. Average dockage for all samples is 0.7%, up 0.2% from 0.5% in 2002. Of all samples graded, 90% had from 0.1% to 0.9% dockage, compared to 94% last year.

This is the first in a series of wheat quality releases to be made during the 2003 wheat harvest. Test weight, protein content, grade and defect determinations are made by the Kansas Grain Inspection Service Inc. The data are summarized by Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service, and collection and publication is funded by the Kansas Wheat Commission.

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