Wheat yield potential looking poor in Kansas
Cold conditions also battered the crop throughout the spring, with temperatures again dipping to the 20 degrees Fahrenheit range on Thursday morning.
Crop scout Aaron Harries with the Kansas Wheat Commission said there is plenty of downside yield potential for the western third of the state while the central Kansas crop could improve.
Winter wheat can withstand freezing temperatures during the winter, when the crop is in its dormant stage, but freezing can reduce wheat of its yield potential after plants emerge from dormancy in the spring.
The Kansas wheat crop last year made up about 17 percent of total U.S. wheat production. The next biggest grower, North Dakota, produced 339.2 million bushels, or 15 percent.
In 2012, the tour pegged the Kansas yield at 49.1 bushels per acre and total production at 403.8 million bushels. The five-year tour averages are 42.3 bushels per acre and 341.3 million bushels, respectively.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported the final 2012 average yield for Kansas at 42.0 bushels per acre and production at 382.2 million bushels.