• State of my wheat fields

    Posted on February 21, 2011 by Mike Haley in #Plant11, Farm

    After several days of sunshine I can finally see our winter wheat fields for the first time since January 7th!  As you can see from the picture below it is stooled (bushed) out nicely and still has good color.

    Winter wheat

    Typically wheat is not a crop that we plant on our farm to produce a profit but for a crop rotation, which helps us keep the soils healthy.  This year however, due to a global shortage of wheat over the past year the price has pushed the price of wheat up about 40% over the past year.

    Planting Wheat

    No-till Planting wheat after soybeans were harvested last fall

    In past years I would find myself questioning if it was justifiable to spend extra money and
    time on fungicides or additional fertilizers to increase yields. This increase in price no longer has me asking the question of if, but when should I apply fertilizers and fungicides to maximize the potential of my wheat crop!  As the wheat begins to grow in late March I will be watching it closer than past years to make sure I take advantages of opportunities as they present themselves!

     

     

     

     

  • http://www.thefarmerslife.wordpress.com Brian Scott

    Yours has filled out quite nicely! We have 110 acres here in IN that looks pretty good, but not that good!

    • http://flavors.me/farmerhaley Mike Haley

      Thanks Brian, most our fields look like this but we do have a few fields that were planted much later that is not so thick. I hope it fares well with all the rain we have had in the past week :(

  • http://flavors.me/farmerhaley Mike Haley

    So much for the nice weather, look at my wheat field now!
    Owly Images