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Kansas Wheat Tour Participants Expect 261-Million-Bushel Crop

Bill Spiegel 05/02/2014 @ 8:14am I grew up in north-central Kansas, and am the Fourth Generation to maintain and manage our farm; we grow wheat, soybeans and grain sorghum. I'm a 1993 graduate of Kansas State University in ag communications.

The numbers are in, and the 2014 Kansas Wheat Crop will total 260.6 million bushels, which would be the worst since 1996.  The average yield, calculated from 587 stops over three days, was 33.2 bushels per acre.

That is assuming “good” weather from here on out, including timely rains and moderate temperatures, says Mark Hodges, executive director of Plains Grains, Inc., an Oklahoma-based wheat quality organization. “We cannot make any more wheat, we can only preserve what we have,” Hodges said.

Thursday night, freezing temperatures occurred throughout Kansas. Although it will be several days before farmers see the impact of these freezing temperatures, it is possible that wheat yield potential will continue to decline. Northern Kansas was one of the few bright spots in this year’s tour, with yields as high as 55 bushels per acre estimated by the tour participants.

Last year, the tour estimated Kansas’ wheat production would average 41.1 bushels per acre, close to the final USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service’s final yield for the state of 38 bushels per acre.

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