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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

Kansas crop tour participants estimate lower yield potential than a year ago

Our Inspector Mr. Bryan Pogan joined the 56th Annual Hard Winter Wheat Tour which was coordinated by the Wheat Quality Council and opened on April 29 in Manhattan, Kansas.

The tour took three days, it started in Manhattan KS, on April 30th, and ended in Kansas City KS, on May 2nd. Tour participants included people from around the wheat industry such as growers, transportation, facility, shipping and exporting.

As Bryan left Manhattan KS on the first day, his group found some really good wheat fields in north central Kansas, with some fields projected to yield in the high 70s and low 80s (Bushels per acre). However, as they traveled towards Colby in northwest Kansas, the soil moisture profile got drier and drier- and projected yields dropped. Overall Bryan says the fields look poorer than previous year but the wheat plant is a tough plant, battling drought, frost, and wheat mites. Bryan’s group also noted some stem damage in some areas due to the freezing temperatures in early April. Some of the irrigated fields got hit harder by the freeze. In some areas the fields had patchy spots where wheat had died off completely. Of course everyone is anxious to see the final results on this year’s crop, but it will be a while before harvest and who knows what can happen between now and then. Bryan noted that his opinion as well as other participants on the tour, is that this year will hold lower yield numbers and will see about a 5% drop from last year. But only time will tell how much wheat makes it to harvest in Kansas this year.

Bryan also adds that the weather was horrible with heavy rain and wind as well as snow at times. What made it bareable Bryan adds “Kansas has some great BAR-B-Q!”. His group ended their field scouting with a lunch at Mays BBQ Bar, which is somewhat of a tradition for tour participants. Before leaving Bryan also visited the Kansas Board of Trade in Kansas City, and was able to watch the market close with very little action.

For more information a link is provided here to the Wheat Quality Council’s website.

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Written by cradut

May 8th, 2013 at 9:55 pm