|SKCS technology Increases Accuracy Identifying Soft & Hard Wheat Grown in Pacific Northwest|
Wheat kernel hardness is a measure of the kernel texture and an important indication of baking qualities of flour produced from the wheat. While wheat can have a broad range of hardness values, there are two main categories or classes, of wheat based on hardness - soft and hard. It is desirable to market and trade wheat of a pure hardness class as it will have more predictable end use qualities.
One of the most commonly used methods for measuring wheat hardness and determining purity of hardness classes in loads of wheat is the Single Kernel Characteristic System (SKCS). However, for some varieties of wheat, particularly those grown in the
This research focused on improving the accuracy of the SKCS for wheat grown in the
This technology should help wheat inspectors to determine the proper quality of a load of wheat, expecially at export terminals. This will help improve the quality and international competitiveness of wheat produced in the
Reprinted from GMPRC Research Kernels, February 2008 issue.
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