Walk, Don’t Run: Midwest producers should be cautious when reacting to winter wheat stress

Week after week, the U.S. Drought Monitor shows worsening conditions for the Midwest and west. According to a dry land specialist, the dry weather combined with gusty winds are putting stress on the winter wheat crop.

The damage may already be done to some fields, but producers should be cautious of moving too fast and plowing it under for another crop.

“Because of the current conditions, the market price, there’s still money to be made even if we have a poor sand. And so, just keep in mind that some wheat is better than no wheat, you know because it may not rain much again the rest of the year so it’s even trying to get another crop behind it might not be the best choice. So, considering the current conditions, the cost input, it’s very wise to keep with what we have may be the best choice if we can know that we have a moderate yield of some kind,” Cody Creech with the University of Nebraska Extension explains.

He says that wheat in the plains is a crop breed for drought and can be resilient with timely rains.


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