Crops to Double
Double cropping behind wheat is nothing new in the south, but, the options of what to plant behind wheat has changed dramatically in just the last few years. Neal Baxley, of Baxley Farms, near Mullins, SC:
“We have always planted wheat. Last year was the first year we grew flax, and this year we grew a little canola. The crop that we will come behind it with depends on a lot of our peanut rotation. Some of the land we will come back with beans, most of it will be soybeans, and then a little sorghum. We might have the possibility of planting some cotton and maybe even some peanuts.”
And, Baxley says he’s even had success in double cropping with cotton. But, it’s a location issue, not everyone can pull that trick off:
“We have double cropped cotton behind wheat in the past and had success. You just have to choose the right variety and get the wheat out as soon as possible. In the area of SC that we live in, we are right on the border, we have just enough time to make the crop.”
With irrigation now in play on many farms, Baxley explains that opens up some opportunities he’s not had before:
“I am thinking of planting some corn behind flax because I am capable of irrigating it. I have double cropped corn in the past and one time it went well but I’m scared to do it without irrigation. I know some who have had success with soybeans behind corn under irrigation and I’m considering that but need to wait to see how the weather is to see when the corn comes off.”
Neal Baxley, of Baxley Farms, near Mullins, SC.