Participants of the Southern Illinois Wheat Tour, sponsored by the Illinois Wheat Association, scouted dozens of fields Tuesday.
And the crop, which is into its critical flowering stage, appears to be in pretty good shape based on observations from the tour.
"Wheat acres are up from last year and the overall condition of the crop, for the most part, is above average,” said Larry Cooper, owner of Crop Vision Consulting in Albion. “I think things are on track for an above-average yield.”
USDA recently projected the Illinois wheat crop this year will produce an average yield of 63 bushels per acre, which would be the same yield for the state as last year. The size of this year’s wheat crop in Illinois, 830,000 acres, is up 26 percent from a year ago.
Participants of the annual wheat tour started in Teutopolis, Mt. Olive, and Mascoutah and traveled to different areas of the state.