According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), less than half of the nation’s winter wheat condition in the top 18 producing states is rated good to excellent.
Those conditions are showing in the main wheat producing states like Kansas and Oklahoma.
While Indiana isn’t considered to be a large wheat producing state, 69 percent of the wheat in the Hoosier State is rated good to excellent. Despite a wet spring, grain elevators are preparing for harvest and say they aren’t expecting a large vomitoxin issue in the area.
“The wheat crop has looked good in the fields and those producers who have managed that well used fungicide applications,” said Mike Silver, senior grain merchandiser for Kokomo Grain.
“We did spray for army worms—a lot of insects [are] out there, but the wheat withstood the spring weather,” said Howard Eller, a farmer in Howard County, Indiana. “I’m hopeful we’ll get a good crop.”
Silver says wheat acres are down from last year in the state because of low wheat prices.