The Wheat Quality Council's spring wheat tour wrapped up on July 26 and it appears the state's wheat crop should fair much better than 2011.

More than 75 participants in 17 vehicles took various routes across the state and into western Minnesota and northern South Dakota, stopping at fields to assess the crop and calculate yields.

After three days of scouting fields, the group came up with an overall average of 44.9 bushels per acre for HRS, 42.4 for durum and 45.8 for HRW. This year's spring wheat estimate of 44.9 compares to tour's estimate of 41.1 in 2011 and the final USDA yield of 30.5. Last year hot, dry conditions reduced yield on the late developing crop, while this year's earlier planted crop seems to have avoided significant damage. The group also reported seeing very little disease pressure.