Falling Numbers in Pacific Northwest Wheat
Potts: "And so the farmer needs to know that his sample can vary and if it is below 300 which the discount point, he can ask for a re-inspection. We keep all samples for at least three days. So if he gets the results and it's not what he wants he is entitled to a re-inspection."
The late summer rain that means good moisture for next year's crop -- hasn't been kind to later harvested wheat.
Potts says that the issue of falling numbers has really been big this year -- where usually in a year they may run several thousand samples in their three eastern Washington offices -- this year the total so far has been 11,000 samples for falling numbers.
As farmers are considering planting for next year, Potts says
Potts: "The farmer needs to know for next year, is to talk to the seed dealer, talk to his grain elevator company and grow a variety that is more resistant to sprouting and therefore will not have a lower falling number as it has this year."