Reuters – Crop scouts who conducted a three-day tour of hard red winter wheat fields in Kansas, the top U.S. wheat producer last year, estimated the state’s 2020 crop at 284.4 million bushels, organizers said in an online meeting May 21.
The average yield from fields scouted on this week’s tour was 44.5 bushels per acre (bpa). The tour was organized by the Kansas Wheat Commission, the Kansas State University extension and the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
The United States is the world’s third-largest wheat exporter after Russia and the European Union.
The tour’s figures fell below the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s estimate this month for a 305.5-million-bushel Kansas crop with an average yield of 47.0 bpa.
Wheat in portions of Kansas has struggled with dry conditions, damage from April frosts and outbreaks of stripe rust, a yield-robbing plant disease, tour scouts said. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor, prepared by a consortium of climatologists, showed moderate drought affecting 27 per cent of the state as of May 19, primarily in western Kansas.
Harvest is expected to begin in June.