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Wheat tour members find crop in worse shape than in 2013

By Dan Voorhis

The Wichita Eagle

(MCT)

After two days of the Kansas Wheat Tour, it's obvious that the state's wheat crop is considerably worse than last year.

The tour, organized by the Wheat Quality Council, is an attempt to get an early look at the quality and quantity of the Kansas winter wheat crop. Harvest is six to eight weeks away.

Members of the tour, who were in Wichita Wednesday night, estimated yields at about 32.8 bushels per acre, down from 40.5 bushels per acre last year.

Tour participants sampled hundreds of wheat fields in north central, northwest, southwest and south central Kansas, the state's biggest wheat growing regions.

The tour left from Wichita this morning for eastern Kansas and will finish their tour today.

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