The wet weather in much of Kansas in June caused quite a bit of volunteer wheat to emerge and grow rapidly. Any volunteer wheat should be controlled soon to protect the state’s 2014/15 wheat crop that will be planted this fall.
Spurred by late spring and early summer rainfall, farmers’ row crops across much of Kansas are thriving. And so are the weeds they’re trying to control, including Palmer amaranth, an aggressive and invasive weed that used to be controlled by the popular herbicide glyphosate.
Due to rainfall across the entire state, many fields of wheat stubble in Kansas have rather large broadleaf and grassy weeds actively growing at this time. These weeds are utilizing moisture and nutrients that would be available for a subsequent crop.
Controlling large weeds in wheat pre-harvest (06/11/14)
Metribuzin injury in wheat (04/07/14)
Morning Comments 08/29
The wheat markets are still reacting to Black Sea events. Russian troops apparently moved into Ukraine Thursday, thereby greatly increasing the possibility of a real war. Given the potential damage the conflict might do to grain production and exports from that region, the bullish wheat reaction was hardly surprising. September CBOT wheat gained 3.75 cents to $5.6025/bushel in early Friday trading, while September KC wheat slipped 1.0 cent to $6.34/bushel, and September MWE wheat rose 3.0 to $6.15.