2009 Wheat Crop Comments

Published on: 10:28AM Feb 16, 2010

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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying

  • 12/29 - Southwest Ohio: Almost another year gone!  Summarized 09 today but 2010 could be high on income, tax load could be huge for us.

    The wheat and barley is looking good.  Where we sprayed glyphosate or gramoxone before emergence, there are no weeds.

    Wherever we spread fertilizer on corn stalks, it is increasing degradation of the stalks.  I want that planter or drill to hit those stalks in April and the stalks blow into a million pieces.

    Bins and trucks will be the next management issue after the first of the year.

    Look at my tillage radishes in my wheat.   I have gotten 12 more bushels of wheat doing this twice now.  The radishes are dead now and giving off energy and nutrients to the new wheat crop.

    Southwest Ohio

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  • 12/29 - Adairville, Ky.: Our 2010 wheat crop, like most places, was planted late because of the wet fall and is off to a slow start.  While we have gotten a good stand, the crop is probably a month behind normal going into winter.

  • 12/29 - Southwest North Dakota: We had a 2-3 day blizzard over Christmas with some new snow falling.  Most shelterbelts and farmyards, ditches, are full of snow.  The fields have some snow on them but really depends on how much stubble was there.  We took off a record crop this year, (although most of it was 12 to 13.5 protein) which is very unusual for our area.  However, the crop also took nitrogen with it.  Almost all of our fields were soil tested so far and are requiring just about double the nitrogen of a normal year.  I think we will be sitting pretty fair for spring as we did have some fall moisture.  Trying to move last year's crop is what many of us in our area are doing now.  There were many piles of grain on the ground and there still is.  We are in the process of hauling out sunflowers and filling those bins with grain that was stored on the ground.

  • 12/29 - Vernon, Texas: We got our 2010 wheat crop planted a little late due to cotton harvest running late this year due to wet weather, but because of the wet weather planting conditions were ideal with plenty of moisture to get the crop started. Emergence was slow due to cold weather. Other than a few areas where the wild hogs did their damage it looks good. We got 6 of snow on Christmas Eve which should tide us over on moisture for a while. We increased our wheat acres a little this year due to rotation. We had a couple of circles that had been in cotton for a while that we sowed to wheat this year.

  • 12/29 - McPherson, Kan.: 2009 was a wet year. We had good yields on wheat and fall crops, but have been fighting mud for nine months. I did not finish drilling wheat this fall, I just quit with 5-10% of my intended acres unplanted. (Farm meeting talk sounds like this is fairly typical for this area this year.) It will go to other crops next spring.  Most of what got into the ground is in excellent condition.  Despite drilling into mud, most stands are good to excellent and well tillered. My last 60 acres mudded into soybean stubble on Nov 14 is not up yet. (Final reduced crop insurance date is Nov 15 and it was raining again by then.) I have limited expectations for that field, but really needed to get it rotated.

  • 12/28 - Adams County, eastern Washington: We have had significant winter weather. 0 degrees to a wind chill of 20 below on bare wheat fields.  In the last week have had about 8 tenths of an inch. That is significant for us in the 10 to 11 inch rainfall zone. It is currently 25 degrees and the ground is frozen.  Many cattle herds are on stubble and many are getting stored feed. Grain, hay, straw with molasses. We are enjoying a 3.75 premium over white wheat for our club wheat which puts it at 8.28 dollars for January delivery and even higher for February. Merry Christmas.

  • 12/22 - Eastern North Carolina: Soybean harvest has been a struggle this year. Finally got started on soybeans on Nov. 6 and have picked 10 days since and may dry enough to get one day in before next rain. Quality is starting to decline. Need about two weeks to finish. Got about half of the wheat acres planted before the rains started and got too late to finish.

  • 12/10 - Clay County, north central Kansas: Most of the harvest is done except for some who have a lot of crop out in the field yet. One farmer has over 200 acres of dry land corn out in the field because it will not dry down. Another has 200-plus acres of milo to harvest. Milo yields and dry land corn yields are outstanding for this area. A lot less wheat was planted due to the wet conditions and large fall harvest. My acres of wheat that I did not get planted will be going back into soybeans again next year. Dry land corn yields 150-plus and milo yields 125 bu. to 180 bu. per acre. My milo average is 139 bu. per acre.

  • 12/7 - Hardeman County, Texas: Tanner McLennan reports on his farms wheat status in Hardeman County, Texas. The first clip is Min till wheat with hog damage, the second clip is wheat pasture with stockers on it, and the third clip is no-till wheat.

  • 12/2 - Texas: With a few notable exceptions, soil moisture levels in much of the state were adequate or better, thanks to rain and snow. Soil moisture remained short to very short in the western counties of South Texas, but most of the region was enjoying improved soil moisture levels due to October and November rains, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.

    Stocker cattle on wheat pasture. (Texas AgriLife Extension Photo by Stan Bevers)

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