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Six different areas were toured the second day, resulting in six major estimates of wheat yields.
The 56th Annual Hard Winter Wheat Evaluation Tour sponsored by the Wheat Quality Council departed on Wednesday, May 1 for the second day of observations of wheat production estimates in the state of Kansas and into the northern parts of Oklahoma.
After the second day of the tour, the Kansas average yield was estimated at 37.1 bushels per acre for 264 stops. The total over two days of 566 stops is now 40.5 bushels per acre. The estimate for day two is 6.6 bushels per acre less than last year's day two estimate of 43.7 bushels per acre.
Deb Bollman's car was on the purple route, south of Colby, Kan. into Scott City, Kan. and onward east to Dighton and Ness City, Kan. before moving into Great Bend and then straight south from Lyons, Kan. and then again east from Reno County into Wichita. The largest yield from her car was 65.3 bushels per acre in Reno County and the lowest average was 24.0 bushels per acre in Logan County just south of Oakley, Kan. While there was no disease apparent, the crop was sparse further north on the west side of the state, showing more development and production moving eastward. The average yield was 39 bpa and an eyeball yield of 39 bushels per acre as well.
*Area 1 (Kansas) green
Yield estimates ranged from a low of 19 bushels per acre and a high of 65 bushels per acre, with the average being 39.9 bushels per acre. Last year the green route averaged 33.4 bushels per acre on the second day of the tour.*Area 2 (Kansas) black
Counties: Thomas, Sheridan, Gove, Lane, Finney, Hodgeman, Ford, Edwards, Stafford, Pratt, Kingman, Sedgwick
Overall calculated yields averaged at 37.6 bushels per acre, compared to a 48.3 average last year.The range in estimates covered 0 bushels per acre to 47 bushels per acre.
*Area 3 (Kansas) purple
An overall yield of 29.7 bushels per acre was reported, compared to 46.9 bushels per acre last year and the estimates ranged from 0 to 58 bushels per acre.
*Area 4 (Kansas) pink
The overall average on this route was 39.1 bushels per acre, with estimates ranging from 21 to 66 bushels per acre. Last year the average was 41.5 bushels per acre.*Area 5 (Kansas) blue
Counties: Thomas, Logan, Scott, Finney, Haskell, Seward, Meade, Clark, Comanche, Barber, Harper, Sumner, Sedgwick
Ranges on this route averaged from 19 bushels per acre to 65, with an average of 37.1 bushels per acre, compared to 43.8 bushels per acre last year.
*Area 6 (Kansas and Oklahoma) yellow
Calculated yields included a low of 20 bushels per acre and a high of 67 bushels per acre, with an average of 39.4 bushels per acre compared to 40.4 bushels per acre last year.Oklahoma
The Oklahoma wheat crop is estimated at 85.6 million bushels harvested or 25.5 bushels per acre, with an estimated 3.6 million acres harvested. "The lower than normal estimates are due to five freeze events since April 5 and the lasting drought," according to Mike Schulte, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.
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