Kansas Wheat Blog
Kansas Wheat Tour Day 1Posted May 5, 2010 at 01:47pm by Aaron Harries
Day one of the Hard
Red Winter Wheat Quality tour came to an end Tuesday evening in Colby,
Kansas. The tour is sponsored by the Wheat Quality Council. Nearly
70 participants from all segments of the wheat industry attended an orientation
in Manhattan Monday evening. Tour participants include what buyers from
Mexico, Columbia and Peru.
Early Tuesday morning, the group spread across the northern half of the state in 16 vehicles. Tour vehicles stopped every 15-20 miles to inspect wheat fields and predict yields.
At the end of day one, the tour average was 40.7 bushels per acre. This compares to 41.3 bushels per acre after day one in 2009. Yield estimates ranged from a low of 22 b/a to a high of 77. Most of the wheat was beginning to head and the crop does appear to be on schedule for the most part. Disease pressure was light, but stripe rust was noted in minor occurrences. Moisture appeared adequate in most areas with the exception of dry conditions in Northwest Kansas.
Tuesday, the tour will move through Western and South Central Kansas with a final destination of Wichita.