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Day two of the 2019 Hard Winter Wheat Tour is the longest and for some the most grueling of the wheat tour. Starting in Colby Kansas and taking several routs, one of which passes through Oklahoma, all 20 cars and nearly 80 tour members ended the day in Wichita.

For my car, Blue Route Car 3, our odometer rolled 457 miles at the end of the day.

Day 2 Blue Route 2019 Hard Winter Wheat Tour

Heavy fog and rain plagued the beginning of the trip and kept us from evaluating fields until near Syracuse Kansas. Overall South West Kansas looked to have a very strong stand of winter wheat that is healthy. Little disease pressure was noted and most of the wheat was in the flag or almost boot stage.

Cracks on top of the ground show that the top soil could use a little moisture. Just below the surface though the current soil profile looks to be fairly wet. (RRN Photo)

The next field to tour turned out to be a story of two fields near Big Bow Kansas. On the East side of the road was a thick and lush stand of winter wheat, Row spacing was a little unusual at 16 inches compared to the 7.5 & 10 inch rows we had seen up to this point. On the West side of the road the stand was thinner and more discolored. Plus saw fairly heavy weed pressure from mustard weeds and cheat grass.

The East side of the road wheat field at Big Bow KS. (RRN Photo)
The West side of the road field near Big Bow Kansas. (RRN Photo)

As we rolled on we took our culture stop at the Dalton Gang Hideout in Mead Kansas. This is a nice quick travel stop for those that are fascinated by old west outlaws. The Dalton Gang was a notorious train robbing gang that met their fate when they tried to rob two banks in Coffeville Kansas in the late 19th century.

The Dalton Gang Hideout Museum Meade Kansas. (RRN Photo)

As we headed further east our yield estimates started to drop with thinner stands of wheat. Then in Clark County near Protection Kansas we saw our first wheat heads. Yield estimates stayed consistent and seeing heads made the overall count easier to conduct.

Green wheat heads started to emerge near Protection Kansas. (RRN Photo)
The stand was fairly tall, but looked to have good stalk strength. (RRN Photo)

The final field of the day near Danville is the only one that showed disease pressure with Smut showing up on several plants throughout the field.

Overall on day 2 our car made 11 stops with an average yield estimate of 44 bushels per acre.

The entire tour made 200 stops and had an average yield estimate of 47.6 bushels per acre. The two day running total came to 440 stops with an average of 47.2 bushels per acre. Looking historically this tour is 1 bpa behind the 2018 tour and 5.4 bpa ahead of the 2018 tour.

The third and final leg will occur today and end back where it all started in Manhattan. There all estimates will be taken in and the tour will produce it’s estimate for the 2019 Kansas Winter Wheat Crop.

Justin Gilpin has the full day 2 recap here: https://post.futurimedia.com/krvnam/playlist/wheat-tour-justin-gilpin-recaps-day-2-6633.html

Claire Hutchins, US Wheat Associates Market Analyst, discusses why it’s important for her to be on the wheat tour: https://post.futurimedia.com/krvnam/playlist/wheat-tour-is-about-education-6634.html

U.S. corn planting slipped behind the five-year average pace and spring wheat planting fell further behind average last week, according to USDA NASS’ weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.

For the week ended Sunday, April 14, 3% of the nation’s corn crop was planted, equal to last year at the same time but 2 percentage points behind the five-year average of 5%. In last Monday’s report, corn planting was reported as equal to the five-year average.

Most corn-planting activity was still only taking place in the Southern states, such as Texas, North Carolina and Tennessee, noted DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.

Spring wheat planting also further behind the average last week. NASS reported that only 2% of spring wheat had been planted as of Sunday, up only 1 percentage point from the previous week, behind 3% at the same time last year and significantly behind the five-year average of 13%.

There was no spring wheat planting progress reported yet in the Dakotas or Minnesota, and only 1% of the crop was planted in Montana.

Progress of the winter wheat crop also slowed last week. Nationwide, 6% of winter wheat was headed as of Sunday, behind 8% at the same time last year and also behind the five-year average of 9%.

The condition of the winter wheat crop, on the other hand, remained steady at 60% good to excellent, the highest good-to-excellent rating at this time of year in seven years. Fifty-nine percent of winter wheat in top-producing Kansas was rated good to excellent.

Sorghum was 16% planted, compared to 20% last year and a 19% five-year average. Cotton planting was 7% complete, compared to 8% last year and a 7% average. Rice was 26% planted, compared to 30% last year and a 35% average. Thirteen percent of rice was emerged, compared to 14% last year and an average of 15%.

Oats were 30% planted as of April 14, compared to 29% last year and a 40% average. Emergence was at 26%, compared to 26% last year and a 28% average.

To view weekly crop progress reports issued by National Ag Statistics Service offices in individual states, visit http://www.nass.usda.gov/…. Look for the U.S. map in the “Find Data and Reports by” section and choose the state you wish to view in the drop-down menu. Then look for that state’s “Crop Progress & Condition” report.

National Crop Progress Summary
This Last Last 5-Year
Week Week Year Avg.
Corn Planted 3 2 3 5
Winter Wheat Headed 6 3 8 9
Spring Wheat Planted 2 1 3 13
Cotton Planted 7 6 8 7
Sorghum Planted 16 14 20 19
Barley Planted 8 2 7 19
Oats Planted 30 27 29 40
Oats Emerged 26 25 26 28
Rice Planted 26 19 30 35
Rice Emerged 13 7 14 15


National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
Winter Wheat 2 7 31 48 12 2 7 31 48 12 15 22 32 26 5


Listen to Clay Patton with the report here: http://bit.ly/2Df3o4y

OMAHA (DTN) — U.S. winter wheat condition improved last week, while spring wheat planting, reported for the first time this season in USDA NASS’ weekly Crop Progress report on Monday, was behind the five-year average pace.

For the week ended Sunday, April 7, winter wheat was rated 60% in good-to-excellent condition, up 4 percentage points from 56% the previous week. The latest good-to-excellent rating is the highest for the crop in six years for this time of year.

Meanwhile, winter wheat in North Carolina, Ohio and Michigan were showing the most problems with poor-to-very-poor ratings of 23%, 26% and 35%, respectively.

Nationwide, 3% of winter wheat was headed as of Sunday, equal to last year and near the five-year average of 4%.

Spring wheat progress, on the other hand, was behind normal. Only 1% of the crop was planted as of Sunday, behind 2% last year and 5% for the five-year average. Planting was furthest behind in Idaho, where 3% of the crop was planted versus the average of 26%; Washington, where 11% was planted versus the average of 28%; and South Dakota, where none of the crop was planted versus the average of 14%.

In addition to spring wheat planting, NASS also reported national corn planting progress for this first time this season on Monday. As of Sunday, 2% of corn was planted, equal to both last year and the five-year average. Most corn planting took place in Texas, where 53% of the crop was planted as of Sunday, slightly ahead of the average pace of 51%.

Sorghum was 14% planted, compared to 16% last year and a 14% five-year average. Cotton planting was 6% complete, compared to 7% last year and a 5% average. Rice was 19% planted, compared to 20% last year and a 21% average.

Oats were 27% planted as of April 7, compared to 27% last year and a 32% average. Emergence was at 25%, compared to 25% last year and a 26% average.