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Report: Kan. wheat quality down slightly in 2012

Published on -9/5/2012, 2:13 PM

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Grain inspectors say the quality of the 2012 Kansas winter wheat crop was down slightly, with lower protein levels and test weights.

The annual report issued Wednesday by the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service and the Kansas Grain Inspection Service reflects data from 11,200 samples from 46 counties.

This year's crop had an average test weight of 61.1 pounds per bushel. That compares with 61.2 pounds last year. The 10-year average is 60.5 pounds per bushel.

Protein content averaged 12.4 percent, down from the 12.8 percent last year but a bit higher than the 12.3 percent average.

About 83 percent of the samples graded as No. 1 wheat, with 16 percent graded as No. 2 and only 1 percent graded No. 3 or below.

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