Each year at the start of May, a large group of volunteer crop scouts tour the state of Kansas to sample wheat fields and get a firsthand look at the winter wheat crop. The Wheat Quality Council’s Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop Tour allows the market to preview the primary winter wheat growing state ahead of the May U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates for the new crop.
This year’s tour was heavily attended as the drought conditions through the winter and into the spring have generated a lot of interest from the industry. Farmers, agronomists, journalists and buyers were all present, wanting to see the crop for themselves. Is the crop in real trouble? Or have the recent rains boosted potential output?