Wheat Spots/Dry soil

Wheat Spots/Dry soil

4/8/14

I have been receiving numerous phone calls from producers concerned about spots showing up in their wheat.  These spots often bring to mind BUGS but upon examination it has always been thus far just DRY weather.  As bad as these spots may look, at this time the wheat plant seems to be just dropping leaves and not tillers.   Tillers mean heads at harvest.  Although these conditions are certainly not good for the crop and maximum yields, the crop is not yet lost. 

The canola crop is bolting and flowering at this time and is under duress as well.  Again, would expect some decent recovery and yield out of what is left of the canola crop with a little rain in near future.

Both of these crops were holding in there well until recently when they wanted and needed to go vertical.  The reason for the deterioration of these crops recently is probably due to this:

From October to March (crops growing season) Medford is 5.43 inches, Breckinridge is 4.55 inches, and Lamont is 4.78 inches of rainfall BELOW the previous 15 year average rainfall in that time period. Springtime hit and the crops are out of gas (moisture).

All is not lost…………….yet. Pray for rain soon.

     

                                                                                      Green spot at porta-potty, who says fertilization doesn't pay?

 

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