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Day One of the Wheat Tour Shows Average Yield of 47.2 Bushels Per Acre- 37% Better Than Seen in 2015

Wed, 04 May 2016 03:41:10 CDT

Day One of the Wheat Tour Shows Average Yield of 47.2 Bushels Per Acre- 37% Better Than Seen in 2015 As anticipated, the Kansas Wheat Crop is looking a lot better than at this time in 2015, even with disease, bugs and limited freeze damage being observed by those involved in the 2016 edition of the Hard Winter Wheat Tour. Twenty two vehicles with 78 participants headed west from Manhattan, Kansas, today on the Hard Winter Wheat Tour 2016. Scouts stopped in 306 locations on the six routes between Manhattan and Colby.

The wheat tour is held every year to get an idea of the yields and production of the crop. Crop scouts take measurements in fields across their routes, using a formula developed by USDA/NASS to estimate the yield for each field. These estimates are averaged in each car, and then combined with all cars to get a yield estimate each day. The average calculated yield for day 1 was 47.2 bushels per acre, compared with only 34.3 bushels per acre along the same route last year.

On Tuesday, scouts reported seeing some stripe rust, barley yellow dwarf virus, early season drought stress, and freeze damage. Overall, wheat looked as good or better than expected. Almost all wheat was between late boot stage and early flowering stage.

The NASS report on Monday rated Kansas winter wheat condition 2 percent very poor, 8 poor, 38 fair, 46 good, and 6 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 97 percent. Headed was 49 percent, ahead of 34 last year and well ahead of 28 average.

A small group of scouts from Colorado began the tour there and headed east to Colby. They reported an average yield of 39 bushels per acre in Colorado and estimated production at 78 million bushels for the state.

Nebraska reported that 95% of the state’s crop is currently rated good to excellent, with an average yield of 55 bushels per acre. They are estimating 70.4 million bushels of production this year, up from only 46 million bushels last year.

While scouts anticipated seeing a lot of stripe rust, reports came in that many of the fields had been sprayed with fungicide to prevent the spread of the disease. Aaron Harries, Kansas Wheat VP of Operation and Research, commended farmers for their management practices. He said, “Farmers need a round of applause for taking care of rust issues before they became a huge issue.”

Jeanne Falk Jones, KSU multi-county agronomy specialist, concurred. She discussed what extension is doing to educate producers about what they could do to get out in front of stripe rust.

Romulo Lollato, KSU wheat and forages extension specialist, discussed three major freeze events that have occurred this spring, including one in northwest Kansas earlier this week. Falk Jones said, “We had cold temperatures Monday morning. It will take us 10 days to 2 weeks to know if we have any damage from that.”

Chris Kirby with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission said that scouts agreed that this is the best that the wheat seen on Day One has looked since 2012. Kirby is traveling on the Yellow Route that will go due south Wednesday morning into the Oklahoma Panhandle, then eastward in the northern tier of Oklahoma counties before sliding back north into Kansas in time to stop in Wichita for the Day Two Report Session. The Yellow Route will in general go from Turpin east to Medford and then up to Wichita. You can listen to Chris Kirby's comments from day one by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.

The Oklahoma Wheat Crop Reporting Session for 2015 is scheduled for late Wednesday morning in Oklahoma City, with the results compiled at the the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association Meeting to be summarized and then reported on Wednesday evening to the participants of the 2016 Winter Wheat Tour at their Wichita stop.

Source- Kansas Wheat Blog and Oklahoma Wheat Commission Direct Report


Chris Kirby of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission Offers Her Observations from Day One of Wheat Tour
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