The U.S. Wheat Quality Council 2019 Hard Red Winter Wheat Tour kicked off Tuesday, taking 75 people to wheat fields across Kansas, as well as parts of southern Nebraska and northern Oklahoma.

Wheat industry professionals participate in the three day tour across the state going from Manhattan to Colby to Wichita and back to Manhattan. Along the way teams stop at fields to check for disease, conditions, progress and make yield calculations.

Tour participants found a delayed and and varying wheat crop, sometimes reporting large differences between neighboring fields.

Winter wheat in Kansas was at 64 percent jointed as of April 28, according to the United States Department of Agriculture weekly Crop Progress and Condition Report. That’s ahead of last year’s 50 percent, but behind the average 75.

Tour stops found mud in McPherson and Ford county fields, along with dry topsoil in Lane and Wallace counties. Many fields were at different stages of growth — one group reported seeing its first headed wheat in Pratt County. Sightings of stripe and leaf rust were also reported.


Definitely no drought stress in this nice looking #Wheat field west of McPherson @KansasWheat @KStateAgron #WheatTour19 pic.twitter.com/kEndZVeaWe


— Romulo Lollato (@KSUWheat) April 30, 2019


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Yield predictions were as high as 82 bushels per acre east of Dodge City, with low end reports in the 20s. The average for the first day across all cars was 46.9 bushels per acre.