Preliminary data from 9,196 carlot wheat samples, from 62 counties, show an average test weight of 61.0 pounds per bushel, according to Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service and the Kansas Grain Inspection Service Inc.

For comparison purposes, last year's crop averaged 59.9 pounds, while the 10-year average is 60.1 pounds per bushel.

Protein is averaging 12.2%, compared with 11.9% for 2000 and the 10-year average of 12.1%. Moisture content is averaging 11.8%, compared with 11.8% last year and the average of 11.7%.

Samples of wheat grading No. 1, at 69%, are above the 39% of last year. Twenty-nine percent graded No. 2, compared with 52% in 2000. Only 2% graded No. 3 or below. Average dockage for all samples is 0.8%, up from 0.6% in 2000. Seventy-one percent of all samples graded had from 0.1 to 0.9% dockage, compared to 89% last year.

This is the seventh and last wheat quality release to be made during the 2001 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. Collection and publication is funded by the Kansas Wheat Commission.

Additional data on milling quality, available through the cooperation of the Kansas State University Department of Grain Science and Industry, will be published in the 2001 Wheat Quality Bulletin.

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