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ANNUAL WHEAT TOUR RATES WESTERN KANSAS' CROP "ABYSMAL"
BrownfieldAgNews reports:

Participants in the second day of the Hard Red Winter Wheat Tour through Kansas Wednesday projected an average of 37.1 bushels per acre. That's well off last year's two-day estimate of 48.5 bushels per acre.

Aaron Harries of Kansas Wheat describes the wheat crop in western Kansas-largely from Highway 283 west-as "abysmal". He says a majority of the fields will yield in the single digits and many will not even be harvested. Harries says irrigated wheat could yield in the 30's at best, a far cry from the normal 70 to 80 bushel per acre yields in a normal year.

The tour found better wheat in the central region of Kansas. Harries says many of the fields from Highway 283 east to Wichita showed yield potential of 50 to 70 bushels per acre or greater. He notes that over 50 percent of the Kansas wheat crop is harvested from central Kansas.

Tour participants also heard a briefing on the Oklahoma crop, expected to total about 86 million bushels, or 26 bushels per acre. That's well off last year's production of 154.8 million bushels.


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