The 2015/16 Wheat Crop is Déjà vu All Over Again

With harvest underway, many producers are once again scratching their heads when it comes to whether or not to plant winter wheat.  NC State Extension Small Grain Specialist Dr. Ron Heiniger says, it’s déjà vu all over again:

“We were in this boat last year where wheat prices looked miserable and growers didn’t think they could make money. So that is reflected in these planting intentions right now.”

Heiniger says the opportunity to make $6.00 a bushel on wheat will come around again this season, too:

“The same things are true as a year ago. This price will go up. They had two opportunities to make $6 dollar wheat and the same opportunity will happen again this year. So growers need to remember that they can make $6 and factor in all the things they need to.”

In some cases, wheat was the best crop that’s come out of the field this year says Heiniger:

“We need this crop in these rotations. Last year we had some 120 bushel crop in the Piedmont. Growers need to remember there is still opportunity in wheat.”

And, just like last year, it’ll take a sharp pencil says Heiniger:

“It will take good marketing and they need to pay attention to variety selection and the cost of fertilizer. If they do that they can grow 70-80 bushel wheat.”

Dr. Ron Heiniger, NC State Extension small grain specialist.



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.