Annual Kansas Wheat Tour Concludes
The annual Wheat Quality Council tour of the Kansas wheat crop concluded on Thursday. With around 80 participants fanning out across the state to measure and review the wheat crop, the Wheat Quality Council ultimately estimates that the 2016 Kansas wheat crop will be 382.4 million bushels with an average yield of 48.6 bushels per acre. Last year’s tour estimated 288.5 million bushels with an average yield of 35.6 bushels per acre. The prospects for this year’s crop appear to be higher partially as a result of above average rains this spring, though there was also widespread variability in the yield estimates.
For coverage and highlights of the tour, search #wheattour16 on Twitter. This marked the 25th and final year for Ben Handcock as Executive Vice President of the Wheat Quality Council, who will be retiring later this year. NAWG wishes Handcock all the best in his retirement.