Final Wheat Tour Update– Overall numbers came in at 46.1 bu/a with an estimated 282M bu in production.
Dave Green, Executive Vice President of the Wheat Quality Council, talks all thing wheat tour here: 2017 HRW Wheat Tour Final Update
May 4 Update 1– Day 2 was the longest stretch of the tour for scouts and CEO of Kansas Wheat, Justin Gilpin, gives his recap…
Day two of the 2017 Wheat Quality Council’s Hard Winter Wheat Tour across Kansas started off slowly, as scouts weren’t able to evaluate many of the fields in the western third of the state.
About 70 scouts left Colby early Wednesday morning, May 3, and made their way south and east across the state, ending up in Wichita by evening. The average yield for the day between 18 cars and 205 stops was 46.9 bushels per acre. This was down from 49.3 bushels per acre over the same area last year.
Even before winter storm Ursa crippled the western third of the state over this past weekend, the wheat was struggling. Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus (WSMV) had already moved into the area, spread by the wheat curl mite, which uses volunteer wheat as a green bridge to move into newly emerging wheat. Because of the economy, there wasn’t as much money for controlling volunteer wheat last fall.
“From a research standpoint, the Kansas Wheat Commission is putting some big funding into projects with Kansas State University to develop genetic resistance, and there is some good new genetic resistance out there. It’s just going to take a couple more years to get that crossed into the varieties that exist in the marketplace. But there is some help coming from the genetic standpoint,” said Kansas Wheat’s Aaron Harries, VP of Research and Operations.
But that isn’t completely accounted for in the day two’s yield estimates.
“The tour provides a formula for us to use and a component of that formula is row space and height of wheat plant and being able to count the number of stalks or heads in one foot,” said Harries. “In the area where snow had flattened the wheat, we’re just not able to do that. So, it was our decision not to try to estimate yields on those fields. Rather, we’ll would just look at them and take notes. There’s no way we can possibly accurately determine a yield. We’d only be guessing, so we just aren’t including those fields in the average we’re doing for western Kansas. We’re able to find some fields where we can determine those things, and we’re using those fields as part of our average. It may be skewed a little bit toward central Kansas, but most of our participants will take that into consideration when they submit their estimates.”
It wasn’t until cars reached Hodgeman County to the east and Meade County to the south that the snow disappeared and scouts were able to start making yield assessments.
Harries said, “Wheat in south central Kansas really looks good. There’s obviously plenty of moisture. Most of the fields we stopped in today were pretty clean. Yields might not be quite as high just because some of the stands are a little thinner. We did stop at some fields that are projected to be above 70 bushels an acre, so there’s pretty good potential here. The one thing we’re having trouble determining is freeze damage. It seems that we’re still a little bit early to see the impact of that freeze about a week ago.”
He says the biggest disease issue in south central Kansas was barley yellow dwarf and some reports of rust.
“I’ve heard some reports of some rust, but it looks like folks have been pretty active in spraying, and I’m sure if the weather dries out and warms up, we’ll see a lot more of that.”
Find Gilpin’s full update here: 2017 HRW Wheat Tour Update: Day 3
May 3 Update 2– Parts of western and southwestern Kansas received more rain, on top of the snow, last night. Executive Vice President for the Wheat Quality Council, Dave Green, says it’s causing problems for scouts. However the further east they move, the better the wheat looks.
The tour will end up in Wichita tonight.
Green’s full update: 2017 HRW Wheat Tour Update: Day 2 Pt. 2
May 3 Update 1– “It’s too early to tell,” was the theme of day 1 of the 2017 Wheat Quality Council’s Hard Winter Wheat Tour across Kansas.
The weight of the weekend’s heavy snow laid the wheat over on its side, which is something the wheat can likely recover from – if the stems aren’t broken. With snow still covering many of the fields, it’s too early to estimate what percentage of the plants have irreparable damage.
This loss of a portion of the crop comes at a tough time for wheat farmers. The ag economy is not faring well, and bushels are a necessity to offset low prices. A weather-related crop disaster forces these Kansas food producers to rely on the strong farm safety net that is provided by crop insurance in the farm bill.
Farmers should note that if your wheat crop was affected by any of the freeze or snow events, it’s critical to notify your crop insurance agent as soon as possible, even if you aren’t able to fully evaluate its true damage or recovery potential.
Get Gilpin’s full recap on what he saw disease and otherwise here: 2017 HRW Wheat Tour Update: Day 2
May 2 Update 2 – Scouts are making their way across northern and central Kansas headed towards Colby. Dave Green, Executive Vice President of the Wheat Quality Council, says he’s pleased with some of the results their seeing.
Dave’s full update here: 2017 HRW Wheat Tour Update: Day 1 Pt. 2
May 2 Update – The tour kicked off this morning heading out of Manhattan, KS. CEO of Kansas Wheat, Justin Gilpin, gives an update of some disease pressure as they head West on the Northern most leg of today’s route.
Catch Justin’s update here: 2017 HRW Wheat Tour Update: Day 1
May 1 Update- The 2017 Hard Red Winter Wheat Tour, put on by the Wheat Quality Council, is set to kick off Tuesday. The tour promises to be unlike many others as scouts will be out in fields that have just been snowed on.
Anywhere from 6-22in of snow fell across much of wheat country this past weekend following a week of cool, wet, weather. Early reports indicate severe damage to much of this year’s crop but more accurate reports will be released as the tour heads out starting in Manhattan on Tuesday.
“I’ve done this for over 35 years now and I can’t remember this kind of a snow event, you know, associated with this late in the season. So, this is really going to be territory for our group that nobody is going to be real familiar with as to just what we’re looking at and what kind of damage maybe this can do.” – Wheat Quality Council Executive Vice President, Dave Green
Find out what else Green had to say ahead of this year’s tour here: 2017 HRW Wheat Tour Preview