In Tennessee, Oct. 15 marks the beginning of the recommended planting window for wheat.

This window runs from Oct. 15-Nov.10.

With harvest on all crops starting later than normal, it will be a busy fall, particularly if wheat is going to be seeded. Producers interested in wheat should have already developed their wheat production plan.

There are normally several factors that are examined when developing a wheat production plan. The factor I most look at is the profitability factor.


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How does wheat and double-crop soybeans compare to other competing crops?

I would be amiss if I didn’t mention other factors that are also considered.

Producers also consider financing ability or available capital, crop rotation, seed availability, landowner desires, and planting conditions.

Another factor to mention at least in cotton country is the timing of wheat harvest as compared to other production practices such as weed and insect control.

Each of these factors is important in their own right and varies among individual farmers.

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