It’s hard to believe that here at the end of the second week of July we’re still talking about harvesting winter wheat, but due to the relentless rain, that’s exactly what we’re doing. NC State Extension Small Grain Specialist Dr. Randy Weisz:
“I don’t know what growers can do other than to just work in between showers and do the best they can to get it in. the last I heard, across the state anywhere from 75-85% of the crop was in. Most of the larger growers had gotten it in, so we are down to the last 10-20%. In this last week some growers may have gotten discouraged they didn’t have a market for the grain, but now that they have an option for selling they may scramble to get what they can.”
There’s usually little market for grain that’s been left in the field as long as this, but many feed mills and elevators have said whatever the condition, bring it on in.
As far as double-cropping options diminishing with each passing day Weisz says it may be too early to give up:
“We are getting closer to the point that we start wondering what we are going to do with double crop. But with what Heiniger and Dunphy have talked about with double crop, they are ready to say its too late. We wish we could have gotten in earlier, but growers should not give up.”
As far as this season’s yields, Weisz says the numbers are all over the board:
“Early on I was hearing some good reports, test weights looked good. I’ve heard everything and I’m anxious to get an over all feel for the state averages.”
And if the weather man is to be believed, there may be more to come in the weeks and months ahead says Weisz:
“This season is not only challenging for the wheat, but for the double crop. They are calling for wet weather all summer.”
Dr. Randy Weisz, NC State Extension Small Grain Specialist.