Chodosh Bulletin from Rabbi Y. Herman – July 17, 2012


The US Department of Agriculture ( USDA) releases their weekly report on crop progress on Monday of each week. The latest report indicates that the harvest of oats is well on the way. Our estimated oats packing cutoff date for oats is Jul 21, one week earlier than normal.  The latest report does not mention any harvest of spring wheat or barley.

We are quite certain that the harvest of these crops must also on the way by now and  should  be reported by the next weekly update from the USDA.

Pending future reports, our preliminary estimate for spring wheat Chodosh date is Aug 2, and barley Aug 7. These dates refer to the earliest packing date when Chodosh may start to appear in manufactured items. These tentative dates should  finalized in the next 1-2 weeks.




I had stated on several occasions that according to the crop progress reports issued by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), about 2 days before Pesach 55% of the oats crop was already planted. Therefore, if one holds that crops that took root 2 days before Pesach are Yoshon (3 days before the second day of Pesach), then this year oats grown in the US would be majority Yoshon.

However, recently I spoke to a respected mashgiach, who is more knowledgeable about practices out in the fields than I am.  He pointed out that these data issued by the USDA have a significant statistical error margin, possibly more than 5%.

Therefore, if the USDA had indicated that 65% of the crop was planted before Pesach, he would have full confidence that oats would be mostly Yoshon (if you hold the 3-day-before the second day of Pesach opinion.) However, 55% is so close to 50%, that it is not at all certain that such a small margin over 50% is significant.

The best one can say is that there is a sofek of being mostly Yoshon (according to the 3-day opinion.)  This is the revised advice being offered by the Guide to Chodosh.


The O-U had estimated that at least up to a packing date of Sept 15, all oats cereals made be General Mills, Quaker and Malt-O-Meal use Yoshon oats.


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  • Ben Waxman
    July 18, 2012 - 07:52 | Permalink

    what does this mean in practical terms? i go to a supermarket, get a box of cheerios and do what exactly?

  • Chaya
    July 23, 2012 - 10:22 | Permalink

    The Guide to Chodosh is now available in Eretz Yisroel. It can be ordered by calling 02-563-6608.
    Ben Waxman: Today you can get all the cheerios you want. After approximately August 15th (date to be adjusted) you would have to check the code on the box to see if it is Yoshon. Codes can be found in the guide or you can call the above number and ask for the applicable code.

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