Participants in this year's Wheat Quality Council Hard Red Winter Wheat tour will gather in Manhattan tonight to get their orientation for this year's tour across Kansas with ventures into Nebraska, Colorado and Oklahoma.
The tour kicks off from Manhattan on Tuesday morning with cars traveling predetermined routes across the northern half of the state, (some venturing into Nebraska and Colorado) with all of them ending at about 5 p.m. in Colby.
Each team will stop about every 20 miles to venture into wheat fields, count tillers (or heads if they have emerged) and scout for diseases and insect pests or other threats to the 2015 winter wheat crop.
Using a formula developed by the Kansas Agricultural Statistical Service, tour members will compute each participants analysis of yield potential and arrive at a total for their car for that stop.
At the end of the day, all the stops are averaged and the selected spokesman for that car gives a report on the day's average. All of the cars' results are documented and averaged to come up with a tour average of the estimated winter wheat harvest for that day's portion of the tour.
Often, members of the wheat associations in Nebraska and Colorado join the tour group to provide more complete analysis of the crop in the their states.
On Day 2, tour members follow several pre-determined routes across the southern half of the state, with one route moving into northern Oklahoma to evaluate thewinter wheat crop there. All routes end in Wichita, where there is another evaluation meeting with groups sharing their collected data.
In Wichita, tour participants have the option of making their prediction on the total harvest of the 2015 winter wheat crop and a bushels per acre forecast. They can either gamble on two days of data or continue on to Kansas City on Wednesday, adding samples between Wichita and Kansas City and terminating at the Kansas City Board of Trade.
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