First Hollow Stem

First Hollow Stem

I found "first hollow stem" in wheat, in our area, today. I have been checking this past week across Grant and Garfield counties and today is the first day I found it. It was Endurance wheat planted Sept. 14th, good stand and fertility. The sample came from drilled wheat outside the hot fence, in southern Grant county.

Even with todays prices on cattle and wheat, the economics seem to favor removing cattle from wheat meant for harvesting after first hollow stem. The longer first hollow stem wheat is grazed the more money per acre is lost.

Finding first hollow stem wheat does not mean every grazed field is at the same maturity but it does mean you better start making plans to move the cattle or your losing money.

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