A late wheat crop may have its advantages this year
This year the main weather issue is excessive rainfall. I am adding these last paragraphs after the time when I have usually completed this work, but as I am writing this Monday evening another four to six inches of rain have fallen in fields that received around that same amount at the end of last week. I have seen wheat fields starting to head and emerging corn covered with flood water once within a week, and now these same fields and more will likely be flooded for a second time. We will have to wait and see how these fields look after this second round, but this is not the way we like to see a crop year begin.
If there is consolation, it is that in the past we have seen years that started off with difficulties like these, only to end well with good yields and fair profits. Let’s hope and pray this one follows that pattern as well. I don’t think there is anyone who would disagree that the soil profile is well charged with moisture this year.
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