2013 Wheat Tour Day One

Aaron Harries, Kansas Wheat’s Director of Marketing, reports from Colby:

Members of the 2013 Winter Wheat Tour estimated a 43.8 bushel per acre wheat crop for northern and central Kansas, based on 277 car stops on Day One of the three-day tour. It wrapped up in Colby Tuesday night, with the 70-plus tour participants seeing a variety of wheat conditions on the six routes from Manhattan to Colby.

The better wheat – ranging from 50- to 80-bushels per acre – was found in northeast and north central Kansas. As participants crossed Hwy. 183 (from Phillipsburg to Hays) the crop conditions began deteriorating, due to the combination of drought and freeze.

Yield estimates from the day’s stops ranged from 0 bushels per acre to 80 bushels per acre, with the 43.8 bpa average, down from last year’s estimate of 53.4 bushels per acre. (Previous year’s Day One results are: 2011, 40.0 bpa; 2010, 40.7 bpa; 2009, 41.3 bpa; 2008, 45.4 bpa and 2007, 40.0 bpa).

At the Colby stop, estimates for the winter wheat crops in Colorado and Nebraska were shared. Colorado’s crop, estimated at 59.8million bushels,  is down from last year’s production of 73.8 million bushels, and would average 34 bpa average on 2.2 million acres. In Nebraska, there were 1.4 million acres planted, with a yield estimate of 30 bushels per acre for a 42 million bushel total production, off of last year’s 53.5 million bushel total.

Participants of the Winter Wheat Tour, which is sponsored by the Wheat Quality Council, are supposed to stop every 20 miles or so to examine random wheat fields, determining yield potential based on a formula established by the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service. The formula is based on tiller counts and plant population and when applicable, head size of the wheat plants.

Day 2 of the Tour takes participants from Colby to Wichita.

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