NE Texas wheat crop looks promising

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Jim Swart, Texas AgriLife integrated pest management specialist at Commerce, Texas, says Northeast Texas should make another exceptional wheat crop. “It’s surprisingly good. We had everything frozen back to the crowns from a March freeze, but it has completely recovered.  Later maturing varieties had time to tiller and look like they will be a little bit better. I think we will see fields averaging 80 plus bushels per acre.”

Northeast Texas received anywhere from two-and-a-half to eight inches of rain last week. “That replenished soil moisture,” Swart said. “Now, we are in the grain fill stage so there is not a lot to stop us from making a good crop.” He said disease and insect pressure have been light. “Most farmers apply a fungicide as a routine, now,” he added, mostly tebuconazole, an inexpensive treatment. “It’s been a relatively inexpensive crop and we’re just waiting for harvest at this point.”

 

 

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