What is in this article?:
- Lower Southeast wheat crop shows potential going into harvest
- North Florida expecting good wheat yields
The lower Southeast wheat crop is showing good potential as harvest nears despite weather challenges throughout the production season.
CENTRAL ALABAMA FARMER Andy Wendland is generally pleased with his wheat crop this year, especially considering the weather challenges he has faced since planting.
North Florida expecting good wheat yields
South of Wendland’s farm, in the Florida Panhandle, the wheat crop also looks promising, says Josh Thompson, Jackson County Extension agent.
We don’t have nearly as much planted here as we did last year, but what we do have looks really good,” says Thompson. “I’ve done a couple of wheat yield checks, and they look really good. We haven’t had much disease pressure to deal with this year. We had a lot of rust in 2013, but not so much this year. We have seen some powdery mildew, but overall, I think we’re looking at good to very good wheat yields, assuming it’s all still standing up after the storms pass through.”
Growers in north Florida initially were worried about unusually cold temperatures during the production season, but Thompson says the crop generally looks undamaged.
“At planting this past fall, we had a couple of big rainfalls in late November which pushed us back. I had a wheat fungicide trial, and I had to re-plant the entire thing because it was washed out.”
Generally, he says, the wheat crop is a little late this year. “We’ll be a little further behind normal with our wheat crop, probably into late May and early June. In a perfect year, if we got planted early, we might could harvest by the end of May, but it might push it into mid to late June this year with some of our crop.”
Thompson says the planting of spring crops is generally running late in the area, especially on heavier soils.
“No matter where you are, low spots have some flooding. That’ll put us behind quite a bit. Rainfall amounts have ranged from 3 to 10 inches. Some of our more northern regions received even more, and some fields were already saturated. We had a few peanuts planted, but not very many, probably less than 5 percent, and maybe 5 to 10 percent of our cotton planted when the storms came through. We’ll probably see some isolated cases of severe flooding, with entire fields being washed out.”