Some Good Winter Wheat Out There if You Look

It’s no secret that the 2015-16 growing season has been disastrous for winter wheat in the southeast.  A wet planting season last fall reduced acres considerably, a wet winter created shallow root systems, and now, what crop there is, is succumbing to any manner of disease.  But, Bryant Spivey, Director of Johnston County Extension says you can find a good looking wheat field if you look:

“A lot of the wheat that I’ve noticed is pretty thin.  But, we do have a lot of good wheat around, also.”

And there are those diseases:

“We are having a few disease problems.  Tim mentioned that he’s seeing some disease in wheat and even some Hessian fly problems. So, at any rate we probably don’t have the greatest wheat crop, but we also have limited acres, from what we’ve had in the past, because people just weren’t able to get those planted.”

Director of Johnston County Extension, Bryant Spivey.

Clemson Campus Farms Folded into one REC

Clemson University has folded its campus farms into one Research and Education Center and appointed a seasoned researcher as its director. John Andrae was named director of the Simpson Research and Education Center (REC), located in the Agricultural Center on Old Cherry Road.

Chris Ray, director of the Clemson University Experiment Station, said the Simpson REC was established so the seven research farm locations on and around the Clemson University main campus would have a common bond.

Clemson has six Research and Education Centers (RECs), five strategically located in the state’s distinct soil and climate regions and one in Dominica.

South American Crop Totals Cut

South American consultant Dr. Michael Cordonnier cut his Argentine soybean crop estimate by two million metric tons, to 57 million metric tons. The cuts came due to recent flooding in the country, although he admits it is difficult to estimate these losses. He notes that yields in northeastern Brazil were disappointing due to dryness, and in far southern Brazil due to heavy rains. Cordonnier also slashed his Brazilian corn estimates by three million metric tons to 79 million metric tons.


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.

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