Tag Archives: falling numbers

Progress report: Moving forward to limit falling number risks

By Alex McGregor The Hagberg-Perten (H-P) test that grades wheat by measuring the effects of the alpha-amylase (AA) enzyme was developed a long time ago. Its original purpose was not to measure grain quality, but to help bakers wanting to know how much AA to add when making loaves of bread.  Back then Dwight Eisenhower was president, Hawaii and Alaska ... Read More »

Grain elevators blend wheat to meet falling number standard

From the Capital Press Washington grain elevators say they’re finding success blending wheat to make sure it meets the industry standard for the falling numbers test. HighLine Grain Growers is blending some carryover crop from 2017 to achieve the industry standard falling number score of 300, CEO Paul Katovich said. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Falling number appears in wheat, not as ‘massive’ as 2016

From the Capital Press Roughly half of falling number tests in the Spokane office of the state grain inspection program so far have been below the industry standard of 300, says Scott Steinbacher, Eastern Washington regional manager. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Outlook ‘cautiously optimistic’ for low falling number wheat

From the Capital Press USDA research plant molecular geneticist Camille Steber says she is cautiously optimistic about the prospects of falling number in this year’s Pacific Northwest wheat crop. Steber is testing wheat samples for susceptibility to the starch damage problem. Falling number is a test that measures wheat quality. Low falling number is caused when the enzyme alpha amylase ... Read More »

Congress approves wheat growers’ request for $1 million in falling numbers research funding

For more than a year, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers has been working with a group of Pacific Northwest industry stakeholders and members of the region’s federal delegation to increase falling numbers research funding through an appropriations request. That request, $1 million to the Agricultural Research Service, was included in the Omnibus appropriations bill passed last week by Congress ... Read More »

Frequently asked questions: Low falling number and wheat

From Washington State University  “Falling numbers” refers to a test for increased alpha amylase activity, an enzyme, which when present, can significantly reduce grain quality. The lower the number, the higher the enzyme activity, and thus the lower the quality. 1. What is the falling number test? What exactly does it measure and why is this important to the buyers ... Read More »