North and Central Texas hope to make excellent wheat crop

Texas wheat farmers from central Texas to the northeast corner of the state are poised to make one of the best crops in recent memory. The combination of ample rainfall through fall and winter, mild weather and an early spring make bin-buster yields possible, say farmers and a Texas AgriLife Extension specialist.

Texas AgriLife Extension integrated pest management specialist Jim Swart, Commerce, expects farmers to harvest some 80-bushel wheat and says 100 bushels per acre is not out of the question in some fields.

“In my almost 30 years experience I’ve never seen a crop with this kind of potential,” Swart says.

He says timely applications of an economical fungicide and good nutrition aided the almost ideal growing season for wheat.

Farmers are reluctant to predict yields, however, saying they have several weeks yet for the crop to mature and that it is not yet in the bin, but most agree that, at least for part of Texas, wheat looks more promising than it has in years.

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