Doane Kansas Wheat Tour: Day 1 review
He then explained that if we chose heads to examine as “randomly” as we selected the spot to count stems or heads within a row, we’d find that the heads on the side tillers, lower down in the row, usually have fewer spikelets than the “main” heads on the center stems. “Don’t get me wrong,” Shroyer concluded, “I have no doubt this year’s Kansas yield will be significantly higher than last year’s actual average yield of 35 bushels per acre. But I also have no doubt it will fall short of the 1998 record yield of 49 bushels per acre.”
On the basis of Shroyer’s insistence that the entire group had skewed calculated yields too high, tour organizers gave us all instruction to modify the formula used to calculate yields by reducing the number of kernels per spikelet to 2.0 whenever we saw dry soils on days 2 and 3 of this year’s tour. We were also warned that Wednesday’s routes will cover areas of the state that have endured much more dry weather stress. So I’m fully expecting that the average yield we come up with on Wednesday, collectively, won’t be nearly as much improved over last year’s Day Two average as our Day One average was over last year’s Day One average.
Source: Dan Manternach