The Wheat Tour

Bright and early this morning, more than 100 brave souls embarked upn a three-day journey that will enlighten, entertain and inform.

The journey is the Wheat Quality Council’s annual Wheat Quality Tour of Kansas; the brave souls include farmers; representatives from the milling and baking industry; wheat industry folks; government employees and journalists. The group breaks up in several different carloads to travel four different routes throughout Kansas, stopping to evaluate random fields of wheat along the way. Their mission? Estimate yield, disease and weed pressure of the current crop, and learn more about the nation’s largest wheat-growing state.

From Manhattan this morning, the crew descends upon Colby; then Wichita Wednesday; and Kansas City on Thursday, where each tour participant offers an estimate of the total Kansas wheat crop. The estimates are averaged, thus giving an official estimate of the Kansas wheat crop.

It’s a good exercise for folks involved in the wheat industry, who normally don’t get a chance to see a wheat crop. Or Kansas, for that matter. Over the next three days, they will see plenty of both!

Check in the next three days for coverage “from the field.”

Here are some pre-tour stories you may be interested in:

Bloomberg News
The Kansas City Board of Trade
DTN/Progressive Farmer


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3 Responses to The Wheat Tour

  1. Kevin Bales says:

    I farm in rush and ness county and some of the wheat around here is in dire need of rain brown spots are starting to appear.

    • Bill Spiegel says:

      Kevin: Thanks for the update. We hear a lot about the good wheat; not as much about the not-so-good. Farmers have done all they can do – it’s up to Mother Nature now. How is the topsoil moisture situation for corn, milo and soybeans?

      • Kevin Bales says:

        Topsoil moisture is ok at the moment but we are looking at a 4-5 days of low 90s and breezy. We are getting ready to plant some irrigated soybeans west of rushcenter we have had some rain go thru there so we better get them in. The wheat looks really nice in the middle of rush county it is the eastern part of the county that is struggling. I have 700 acres in ness county some looks really good and some is starting to show drought stress so will see what happens.

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