Kansas hard red winter wheat production this year is expected to be the largest since 2003 with a likely record yield, scouts on an annual tour said on Thursday after inspecting fields that were boosted by a mild winter and an early, wet spring.
The crop, which got off to a shaky start in some parts of the top hard red winter wheat state due to a devastating drought across the southern Plains, is expected to be 46 percent larger than last year's, adding to overflowing global supplies.
The Wheat Quality Council's tour of wheat fields across the top hard red winter wheat growing-state pegged the average yield at 49.1 bushels per acre, which would top the previous record of 49 bushels per acre set in 1998.
Scouts on the tour examined 608 fields over three days to arrive at their yield projection.
Scouts also predicted total wheat production at 403.9 million bushels, which would be the biggest since 480 million bushels in 2003.
A year ago, Kansas wheat production was 276.5 million due to a devastating drought in the southern Plains.
Scouts made their harvest estimate after the field stops are completed.