Crop tour sees below-average prospects for northern Kansas wheat

COLBY, Kansas, April 29 Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:11pm EDT

COLBY, Kansas, April 29 (Reuters) - Crop scouts on the first day of an annual three-day tour of Kansas projected an average yield for hard red winter wheat in the northern portion of the state at 34.7 bushels per acre, down from 43.8 bushels a year ago.

The tour's five-year average for the same area is also 43.8 bushels per acre.

Scouts on the tour, organized by the Wheat Quality Council, sampled 271 fields on Tuesday between Manhattan and Colby, Kansas. The tour is scheduled to scout fields in southwestern Kansas on Wednesday and release a final yield forecast for the state, the top U.S. wheat producer, on Thursday. (Reporting by Julie Ingwersen; Editing by Ken Wills)

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