The struggles with the winter wheat crop throughout the nation are numerous, and South Carolina is no exception says Kevin Phillips, Field Agronomist for DuPont Pioneer in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida:
“The wheat crop in general across Georgia and South Carolina has had a very mild winter and moderate temperatures, that is not good for wheat to get its cold hours in. We have seen quite a few issues that will delay heading. We did catch up on cold hours in March which helped to jump start jointing. It was starting to head and then we had all of the rain and mild/cool temperatures and a few different diseases including stripe rust. We’ve also had a lot of trouble with fertilizer leaching.”
With all that, Phillips says the crop may come off late, leaving producers with double crop plans in a quandary:
“A few acres that may have been intended to go into cotton and peanuts but the producers may have to switch to soybeans because the wheat will be later coming off.”
So, with all that being said, the crop is far from being in the bin. Phillips outlines what he sees for the winter wheat crop in South Carolina between now and harvest:
“With the late headings, if we run into a warm spring and early summer, it could hurt the crop some. The heat could really damage the yield, so we have to hope for very mild weather so we can harvest.”
Kevin Phillips, Field Agronomist in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida on Inside Agriculture.