The U.S. wheat crop seems to have a little something of everything this year, according to reports to AgWeb's Virtual Wheat Tour.
Several farmers say their wheat crop is looking promising. A farmer from Haxtun, Colo., says the wheat looks good. "Maybe a little small with all of the cool weather we have had so far this spring,” he says. "The wheat has not stressed yet and disease pressures are very light at this time. If we get a few 75 degree days it will really take off.”
In Wilbur, Wash., a farmer says timely rains and moderate temperatures are helping his winter wheat look great. "I am betting yields will be 10% above 10-year averages without frost.”
A southeast Montana farmer says his spring wheat is finished and about half of it is up and looks good. "The early winter wheat looks good and the late winter wheat does not look so hot,” he says. "Tt's all got disease, so we're spraying fungicide.”
A Few Not-So-Good Reports
A farmer in Minto, N.D. says a lot of the wheat in his area is emerging uneven or spotty due to the dry conditions this spring. "The earliest wheat isn't very far from being ready to be sprayed, weed pressure at this point is modest, but with the recent rains I'm sure we will see increased weed pressure.”
A farmer from Livingston and LaSalle counties in Illinois says his 250 acres of wheat has dwindled to 10 acres. "The insurance adjusters calculated my wheat might make in the 17 to 32 bu.,” he says.
Looking at neighboring fields, the Illinois farmer says there is very little wheat in the area. "What is here is shorter than normal. I'm sure the cooler, wet weather we are having now has slowed the maturity. No heads have poked out yet.”
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