Monday, April 4, 2011

Kentucky Wheat Looks Good ... so Far

Chad Lee, Grain Crops Extension, University of Kentucky

The the USDA rates about 81% of Kentucky wheat either good or excellent for the April 3, 2011 reporting period in the Kentucky Weekly Crop and Weather Report. Meanwhile, the USDA reported that only 37% of the wheat was either good or excellent in 18 states for the same reporting period.

Considering how much of the wheat was behind just a month ago, this report is good news. While we are not out of the woods yet, this is a promising start as wheat joints and pushes toward the flag leaf. There is still a chance for a freeze event, as the 50% probability for final freeze is around April 15 for much of southern Kentucky. Also, producers need to check stands for any signs of diseases as well.

Even though there are some risks to this crop, it nice to hear some good news. 

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