By Jennifer M. Latzke
The inaugural 2020 Virtual Wheat Tour wrapped up May 21 with final reports from the volunteer scouts in the field. The tour estimated a potential Kansas wheat harvest of 284.4 million bushels, which is below the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s most recent estimate of 306 million bushels. Read more
It’s been awhile—3 years, to be exact—but we are happy to be back and sharing our harvest habit with you once again. You can take the girl out of harvest, but you can’t take the harvest out of the girl.
I want to open this season with a sincere and concerned, "How are you?” One of the sayings I’ve heard thrown around recently is “We are all in the same storm, but not in the same boat.”
Cheyenne, Oklahoma—Hello, June! It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time flies by. I feel like I blinked my eyes and the wheat that was as green as could be is now just about ready to cut!
Frederick, Oklahoma—Hello again, All Aboard Wheat Harvest followers! Harvest is finally here and, as always, it’s great to be back in the wheat fields of the Great Plains of America! However, I’m disappointed in the yields so far. This area of southwest Oklahoma was beat bad by freeze in April.
The more things change, the more things stay the same. This ancient proverb has never seemed more applicable than over the past few months. As the 2020 wheat harvest season kicks off here in the Midwest, it's hard to not have COVID-19 vividly on our minds.
Wheat news you may have missed
By Lacey Newlin
Several years ago Oklahoma State University Extension Entomologist Tom Royer started noticing tank-mixing of pyrethroid insecticide with winter top-dress nitrogen becoming more popular across his state with continuous wheat. The practice puzzled him and he began to question the possible advantages wheat growers could be gaining from this process. Read more
Building off of its successful first year, High Plains Journal is once again combining its popular Sorghum U and Wheat U into one event in 2020. Sorghum U/Wheat U will feature practical learning opportunities for both crops Aug. 11, at the Kansas Star Event Center in Mulvane, Kansas. Read more
By Jennifer M. Latzke
Without a doubt, every sector of agriculture has been upended as an effect of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Livestock producers have seen reduced capacity at packing plants because of COVID-19 precautions, causing backups in the supply of animals ready for processing. Read more
By Dennis O'Brien, Agricultural Research Service
A common obstacle to bountiful wheat harvests in the central Plains is more pervasive than many growers realize, but a study led by the Agricultural Research Service spells out how it can be readily overcome. Read more
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