Wheat harvest in Kansas typically begins in mid-June and is complete by mid-July. It begins in the south central part of the state and moves north and west.
In 2014, total production was 246.4 million bushels, down 26 percent from 2013 crop and lowest in 25 years (1989). Area for grain, at 8.4 million acres, was unchanged from 2013. Yield was 28 bushels per acre, 10 bushels below last year and lowest since 1995. [Read more]
For the week ending May 3, 2015, winter wheat condition rated 11 percent very poor, 21 poor, 41 fair, 25 good, and 2 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was at 91 percent, ahead of 75 last year and the five-year average of 82. Headed was 41 percent, well ahead of 13 last year, and 28 average.
On May 7, the Hard Red Winter Wheat Tour projected Kansas 2015 wheat production at 288.5 million bushels, with an average yield of 35.9 bushels per acre.