On the second day of the Hard Winter Wheat Quality Tour 2016, scouts traveling through southwest Kansas found an average yield of 49.3 bu. per acre, up from 34.5 bu. per acre in 2015 and the five-year average of 35.9 bu. per acre for this area of the state. After day two sampling, scouts had visited 606 stops and calculated an average yield of 48.2 bu. per acre, up from the 34.4 bushel per acre estimate in 2015.
On Wednesday, six routes were scouted between Colby and Wichita, Kansas. Crop scouts saw increased disease pressure as they moved south and east on, but crops looked better thanks to improved soil moisture compared to last year.
Scouts said southwest portions of the state showed some signs of fall drought stress, but with recent rains, the prospects for the crop have increased. Many fields have been sprayed for stripe rust, and that has definitely made an impact on the crop. Scouts reported seeing more viral disease than fungal diseases, and overall, stands are good.
Mark Hodges, from Plains Grains, Inc., reported that estimated yields for Oklahoma are 33.6 bu. per acre, with 3.82 million acres harvested resulting in production of 128.5 million bu. for the state, making it an above average crop.
On its last day, scouts will continue the tour with stops on the way between Wichita and Manhattan. A wrap-up meeting will be held in Manhattan, Kansas, where overall yield and production estimates of the Kansas crop will be announced.