Good Yields Usually Mean More Wheat Acres


On Friday, we heard from Dan Weathington, Executive Director of the North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association on this year’s wheat crop.  Weathington says this year’s yield was something of a surprise, and a pleasant one:

“If we could have a surprise on the price, we’d be heroes and we’d plant wheat wall to wall next year, I don’t see that happening in the near future.

“However, as I told someone yesterday, as I check with my counterparts across the big wheat areas like Kansas, Oklahoma, on up into the Dakotas, places like that, we have a monthly roundtable…all I’ve heard for the last two months is that they have terrible yields, and now that they’re harvesting, they have poor quality, and definitely, they’ve got low yields.  How that doesn’t influence the market, I don’t know.  but, I know arithmetic and agriculture, but we really got pleasantly surprised  this year on our wheat crop, and that will certainly help us with our fall planting. We always have pretty good wheat planted, acres wise, after a good crop.

“We have a lot of samples sent into the millers, they’re very interested in t eh falling numbers, and that be the case, if we do have the falling number baseline that they want, some of them have different numbers that they require, there could be anywhere from .25 to .75 cent premium on that.

“Who knows, after this year what will happen, except we’re very pleasant surprised with those bushels that will help pay bills no matter what the price.  We’re glad that we got to this point this year, sometimes we question in the back of our mind, but we’re not in charge of those things, we do everything to manage agronomically, we can’t control the weather, but we’re glad that it’s turned out the way that it has.”

For more from Dan Weathington, visit SFNToday dot com.

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.