Kansas Wheat Blog
Kansas Wheat Tour Day 2Posted May 6, 2010 at 01:14pm by Aaron Harries
The 2010 hard red winter wheat tour is
beginning to closely resemble the 2009 tour. Tour participants gathered
in Wichita Wednesday evening to report that the day two average yield
prediction was 39.9 bushels per acre. This compares to a day two average
of 39.8 in 2009. Wednesday's tour routes covered West Central, Southwest
and South central Kansas.
The two-day average yield for the tour is 40.3 bushels per acre. This compares to 40.6 after two days last year. Given the similarity to 2009 tour predictions, the significantly lower number of planted wheat acres in Kansas may have the largest impact on the final production total.
Wheat is beginning to head in most of the state with the exception of Northwest and West central areas. Disease and insect presence was again minimal on day two. However, rain has been short this spring in areas of South Central Kansas and is badly needed in the next week for the critical grain fill period.
On Thursday, the tour will conclude at the Kansas City Board of Trade where a total bushel prediction will be released.