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North Carolina Winter Wheat in line to Surpass 10-year Yield Average

The past two weeks have been some of the wildest weather weeks in recent memory, and to cap it all off was a fast-moving front with a great deal of wind. Dan Weathington, Executive Director of North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association says wind damage to harvest-ready wheat was minimal:

“I went out this morning and I’ve had some calls, I didn’t see any more wheat down than pre-storm. Others didn’t see any significant wheat blown down. There were some isolated reports coming out of Union county of some hale.”

Weathington says some harvest is underway, and if the rain holds off the crop should be okay:

“The quality of whats been harvested is pretty good. I think it will continue. If we get more rain at this point, the wheat could turn black – its like a secondary infection that isn’t a major problem but the more rain you get the more problems that could come.”

And with a little cooperation from the weather, the state’s average yield could be ahead of the 10 year average:

“We have had some people talking in the 85 bushel range. I’ve had one guy who went from 40 to 125 bushels. I think long range when all the numbers come in, we will be somewhere in the 60s state average.”

The 10-year state average yield for winter wheat is 59 bushels to the acre.

Early projections were for more than a million acres of wheat in North Carolina. While Weathington doesn’t think there’s quite that many out there, harvested acres should still be high:

“NASS Figures said we had 960,000 acres planted, I think we will have about 900,000 acres. At 60 bushels that will be about 54 million bushes and make the livestock industry very happy.”

Executive Director of North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association, Dan Weathington is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.