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Research Project: Crop Quality Survey Evaluation of the 2013-2015 Hard Red Winter Wheat Crops Grown in the Great Plains

Location: Grain Quality and Structure Research

Project Number: 3020-44000-026-01-T
Project Type: Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jul 1, 2013
End Date: Sep 30, 2017

To facilitate a timely and accurate quality evaluation of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 hard red winter (HRW) wheat crops through a synergy between Plains Grains Incorporated (PGI) and the Hard Winter Wheat Quality Laboratory (HWWQL). The HRW wheat quality testing data generated by the Crop Quality Survey (CQS) will be immediately analyzed by the HWWQL and transferred to PGI. The wheat quality data will be shared with domestic and international segments of the wheat industry. The CQS is designed to benefit all segments of the US wheat industry.

The Crop Quality Survey (CQS) will serve as the mechanism to track production and HRW wheat quality throughout the Great Plains. PGI will be responsible for collecting approximately 500 samples of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 HRW wheat crops from grain sheds throughout the Great Plains starting in Texas and finishing in the Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Oregon, Montana). PGI will deliver the HRW wheat samples to the HWWQL for quality testing. The quality analyses will include compositional data, physical kernel characteristics, milling yield, and flour, dough and baking properties. The HWWQL will transfer the quality date to PGI for immediate uploading to their interactive maps website ( The interactive maps will provide easy access to domestic and international customers of HRW wheat including millers, bakers, producers and food processors. The time between harvest and posting the quality data is the measure of survey’s success. As domestic and international HRW wheat sales depend on the timely availability of the data.