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2018 Kansas and North Dakota Wheat Crop Tour

This year OMIC Portland Branch staff joined both the 2018 HRW Crop Tour in Kansas as well as the 2018 Spring Wheat & Durum Crop Tour in North Dakota.

In Kansas, on the HRW Crop Tour, which took place between April 30 – May 3rd, scouts saw some fields affected by low moisture just at the crop was entering it’s heaviest water use period. Below normal rainfall coupled with colder temperatures had left the crop way behind in development.

As for the SW & Durum Crop Tour in North Dakota from July 23 – 26, tour participants saw below-average yield potential in this year’s crop, which is strikingly different from a government forecast for a record-tying yield. Spring wheat is prized by millers and bakers for its high protein content, and wheat experts were cautiously optimistic about the current crop’s protein potential. Scouts reported seeing some fields affected by Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) otherwise known as scab. FHB, caused by the fungal plant pathogen Fusarium graminearum (Gibberella zeae), is a devastating disease of wheat and barley. Diseased spikelets exhibit symptoms of premature bleaching shortly after infection. The fungus produces a mycotoxin known as deoxynivalenol that poses a significant threat to the health of domestic animals and humans. Disease forecasting models may help to optimize FHB management by targeting fungicide and biocontrol applications. So as FSB was present in some fields, tour participants also mentioned that they saw a lot of spraying for it; and never felt that more than a handful of fields had a serious scab problem.

For more information you can click on below related news links some of which were written by print reporters who actually joined the tours.

Crop tour sees below-average U.S. spring wheat yield prospects

Wheat Quality Council tour results indicate no ‘big whopper’ in area wheat

For more information regarding crop tours and wheat harvest conditions, you can visit WQC web page at

Written by cradut

July 30th, 2018 at 8:06 pm