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: