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Wheat Status Update

March 26, 2011
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor

For many wheat farmers across the country, the snow has finally melted and they can see their emerging wheat crops, according to reports on AgWeb.com’s Virtual Wheat Tour. Some farmers like what they see.

"My wheat stooled out nicely and still has good color," says a farmer from West Salem, Ohio. In Caddo Parish, La., another farmer reports that the wheat is starting to take off with the warm weather.

In northeast Colorado, one farmer says the wheat is all over the board: "Some has been setting in dry dirt since last fall, some has sprouted and is not through the surface and an occasional field looks good. Overall, conditions range from poor to fair."

What about your area? How does the wheat look? To view more wheat updates and submit your own crop comments, visit www.VirtualWheatTour.com.

Fergus County, Mont.

"It is so hard to guess how the winter wheat is doing because we haven’t had a winter quite like this for a long time. A lot of bare ground and ice, but you never really know about wheat until it starts to green up. There is some topdressing going on in the snowbanks, but it’s mostly just people hoping for spring and realizing what a rat race it will be if winter hangs on much longer. I’m guessing that it is probably going to be a late spring and that a lot of spring wheat will probably go in a lot later than usual."

Sully, S.D.

"My crop plans are about the same as last year. I just don’t vary my rotations, nor do most people around here. We’ve had a lot of snow this winter. Some very cold temperatures, but snow should have protected winter wheat."

Scott County, Kan.

"We’re seeing thousands of acres of non-emerged wheat, and we’ve had no significant moisture since July. Some wheat fields look decent, most is the new Apache variety."

Darke County, Ohio

"Most wheat in the area looks good. A couple of the best were tile-ditched recently. Probably planned for summer but were able to move into the area sooner. I’ve never ever seen so much ditching done in one season before. Seems like some in every block. Everybody is sick of winter around here. Ground has only been bare a few days since Dec. 5th. I’m planting near 70% corn, but every other year is big for us due to continuous corn on peat ground that doesn’t bode well for beans."

Livingston County, Ill.

"I had a chance to drive by my wheat fields recently, and was pleasantly surprised. It seems that most of the wheat made it through the winter so far. It had snow cover on it most of the time. We recently got hit with some rain, so water was standing in some spots. The green tint of spring was starting to show up."

Holmes County, Miss.

"Cotton and corn acres will be about equal; we are trying to get back to a long-term rotation. We’ll plant soybeans and wheat on the rest of the acres not suitable for cotton or corn."

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FEATURED IN: Farm Journal - Early Spring 2011
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