2013 Wheat Quality Tour indicates strong spring wheat, durum yields

Dave Green of ADM Milling, Kansas City, leads a wrap-up  discussion for the three-day Spring Wheat Crop Tour, July 25, at the Northern Crops Institute in Fargo, N.D. The 2013 tour’s yield estimate matches 2012, at 44.9 bushels per acre – a bushel and a half over the five-year average.

It was good to see a number of people I’ve seen at the Wheat Quality Council’s annual Spring Wheat tour. A record number of participants were on tthe 2013 tour. They found fewer wheat fields in the state from July 23-25, but a potentially strong yield.

The final spring wheat estimate on Thursday, based on a record-tying 472 stops, showed a 44.9-bushel hard red spring wheat yield, which tied the 2012 estimate and ranks third after the 46.2-bushel yield in 2009 and the 46.0 bushel yield in 2010. The five-year average for spring wheat is 43.3 bushels.

The durum wheat crop yield was estimated at 41.7 bushels per acre. If realized that would be second behind the 42.4-bushel yield in 2012, and the five-year average of 34.5 bushels to the acre.

For more on this, look to The Grand Forks Herald and in Agweek on July 29, 2013.

Ben Handcock of Brighton, Colo., formerly of Pierre, S.D., is vice president of the Wheat Quality Council. He organizes the annual Spring Wheat Crop Tour in mid-July.

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