Wheat Tour 2019

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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

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The 2019 Wheat Quality Council Hard Winter Wheat Tour wrapped up today, May 2. After three days and 469 total stops in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma, by 74 participants, the average estimated yield potential of the hard winter wheat crop was 47.2 bushels per acre. The tour participants estimated that the final tally at harvest, based on the snapshot of the wheat observed on this tour and with all conditions favorable, should reach 306.5 million bushels.

But, as Kansas State University Wheat Extension Specialist Romulo Lollato observed, a lot can happen between now and harvest.

From Manhattan, to Colby, to Wichita, and back to Manhattan again, participants saw the after effects of the planting delays last fall in wheat country. With the heavy rains delaying soybean harvest, some fields were left to fallow over winter because farmers ran out of time to get their wheat in. Others delayed planting until later in October and this showed in the crop progress. The tour estimated that wheat harvest might be pushed back in parts of Kansas up to two weeks, if conditions remain favorable. Read more

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Wheat Tour participants woke up before dawn Tuesday, April 30, in Manhattan, Kansas, to the sound of rain.

The rain followed them westward to Colby as they measured fields, carload by carload, on the official Day 1 of the Wheat Quality Council Hard Winter Wheat Tour.

Our carload included Nicholas Ahrens of Bay State Milling, Quincy, Massachusetts, and driver Collin Pierce, of Healthy Food Ingredients, Watertown, South Dakota. The purple route took our car from Manhattan west on U.S. Highway 24, on up to the southern counties of Nebraska and then down Highway 383 and then into Colby. Read more

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It was Day 1 in Manhattan, Kansas, starting point of the Wheat Quality Council’s Hard Wheat Tour, or as it’s known in the Twittersphere, #WheatTour19.

About 80 participants will spend the next two and a half days traveling in vans along different routes across Kansas, parts of southern Nebraska and northern Oklahoma measuring the wheat crop for a “snapshot in time.” Participants come from all around the globe and from every point in the grain chain. Millers, bakers, commodity brokers, government employees and some producers join this 62nd annual Wheat Tour for the education and networking it provides, explained tour organizer Dave Green, executive vice president of the Wheat Quality Council. Read more

Photos from the Tour