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Wheat tour reveals 43.8 bu/A yield guess

05/01/2013 @ 8:20am

The hard red winter wheat crop in northern and central Kansas appears likely to achieve a lower yield than the region was on track for a year ago, according to participants on an annual crop tour.

Crop scouts, who spend the tour wading into wheat fields to measure crops and count kernels, calculated the average yield for the first day of the tour at 43.8 bushels an acre.

Last year, the average yield estimate for the first day of the tour was 53.4 bushels an acre, based on surveys of fields along the same routes.

On the first day of the tour, participants drove west across northern Kansas between the towns of Manhattan and Colby. Some participants also drove through southern Nebraska.

The crop tour, sponsored by the Wheat Quality Council, will issue a final yield estimate for the Kansas wheat crop on Thursday afternoon.

Kansas, the top-wheat producing state, had a statewide wheat-crop yield of 42 bushels an acre in 2012, up from 35 bushels an acre in 2011.


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