Justin Gilpin, CEO of Kansas Wheat commented that the report shows that producing quality wheat continues to be something Kansas farmers are good at, and that quality continues to be an effective marketing tool in international markets.
"Each year as we host international buyers on trade teams, and as U.S. Wheat Associates works with buyers abroad, we are able to consistently provide higher quality wheat that meets customers' demands," said Gilpin. "Although we are early in 2013/2014 crop marketing year, so far U.S. grown hard red winter is competing very well in exports, posting strong sales year-to-date."
The report, a copy of which is available at the Kansas Wheat website, is based on 16,143 car-lot samples from 51 counties.
This data tracks very closely with samples collected by Plains Grains Inc, a private, non-profit wheat marketing organization that focuses on collecting and communicating information about yearly crop quality to the entire wheat value chain.
A significant increase in baking quality
Plains Grains Executive Director, Mark Hodges noted that although there was a lot of variability in this year's crop one area that is a real highlight is baking quality.
"Comparing this year's data with last year's, we are seeing a significant increase in key baking measures such as loaf volume," said Hodges.
Additional milling and baking quality information will be available in mid-October when Plains Grains is expected to release their analysis and data for the entire hard red winter wheat crop in the 2013 Crop Quality publication.
Plains Grains maintains an interactive mapping tool allowing users to view crop details such as protein content, moisture level, dockage percent, test weight and thousand kernel weight all by detailed grain-shed areas. The interactive maps and final quality report can be viewed at the Plains Grains website.