The final tally of the 2019 Wheat Quality Council Hard Winter Wheat Tour, April 30 to May 2:
• 469 total stops in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma;
• 74 participants; and
• 47.2 bushel-per-acre average estimated yield potential.
The tour participants estimated that the final tally at harvest based on the snapshot of the wheat observed on this three-day tour with all conditions favorable should reach 306.5 million bushels in Kansas.
But, as Kansas State University Extension wheat specialist Romulo Lollato observed, a lot can happen between now and harvest. Already, May 5 saw an outbreak of tornadoes and thunderstorms across much of the wheat-growing region of the state from Meade to Hutchinson. Meanwhile, May 6, the forecast called for more thunderstorms and baseball-sized hail in parts of much of western and southwestern Kansas. Read more