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Farm Progress America, May 29, 2024

Mike Pearson examines a look at the wheat crop and the higher wheat prices.

May 29, 2024

Mike Pearson takes a look at the projected wheat yields from America's heartland.

Scouts and officials completed a three day wheat quality tour of Kansas and a small portion of Nebraska and Oklahoma.

The crews struck out on six routes and stopped at fields every 20 miles taking yield measurements.

The north fields looked pretty good and had promising yields.

The South showed drought damage and suffered from diseases like Striped Rust, Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus and frost damage.

The scouts estimated a yield of 50 bushels per acre, overall.

In 2023, Kansas had the lowest yield in 50 years with a yield of 32 bushels per acre.

On the second day, 216 stops were made with a yield estimate of 25 million bushels in Oklahoma and 4 million bushels in Nebraska more than 2023. Scouts reported an estimated yield of 46.5 bushels per acre.

The overall estimate for Kansas wheat production this year is 290.4 million bushels, that's more than the USDA yield estimate of 268 million bushels.

Scouts found good and bad in fields all across the region. If everything goes well, producers can expect a bigger yield than in 2023.

Farm Progress America is a daily look at key issues in agriculture. It is produced and presented by Mike Pearson, farm broadcaster and host of This Week in Agribusiness.

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