The North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association recently wrapped up the year’s field days showing off this year’s research. Executive Director of NC Small Grains, Dan Weathington:
“We’re a little concerned about our attendance, overall. But, we feel like the price of grain has certainly got people’s interest not at a high level.
“But, I am running into a lot of people that have said they wished they’d planted wheat this year, or planted more wheat, because it looks like their neighbor’s have good looking wheat this year.
I noticed we had a little spark in the market, and if we could get just a little bit more, I think we’ll have a little more perk in the pricing. I think we’ll always have wheat planted, as our acres increase it will be dependent on the profitability of it.
“We haven’t had the greatest year as far as planting, we haven’t had a lot of insects, a little rust, a few other diseases, but it looks like we have a pretty darn good wheat crop. I’ve had people say they have some of the best wheat that they’ve ever had. That’s a lot better than I thought it would be 45 days ago. And I figure that we’ll be through cutting wheat no later than the 15th of June.
Let’s talk about some of the research that was done this year.
“As always, the OVT was a part of that where we put all the varieties that are planted in the state. An activity that was kind of interesting this year; one of the parts of the program was for people to visually choose a plant that they liked the best and use a red flag for their first choice and a white flag for their second choice.
“It was interesting to me, that in at least two locations the variety was picked to be the best looking was an experimental variety that’s coming down the road. That’s a good thing, that we’ve got some things that are eye-catching in the OVT.”
Dan Weathington, Executive Director of the North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association.