More Positives Than Negatives After Late Planting

Bill Ongstad planted his spring wheat later than usual, but that doesn’t mean the news from his fields is bad. In his latest update to the Red River Farm Network, he discusses how great conditions have continued to be for growing wheat. Click here to listen.

The Weather Steadied and Wheat is Strong

If you’ve read my other blog updates, sorry if I sound like a broken record – but wheat in central North Dakota really looks great. Although May and the first half of June were cold and very wet, the cooler temperatures were great for the wheat crop. We’ll put down some Tilt® fungicide with a herbicide application for some added tan spot protection, just in case. Read more...

A Little Bit of Help from Nature

Mother Nature has been lending a helping hand in the fight against crop disease this year. Bill Ongstad tells the Red River Farm Network that in addition to fungicide applications, cooler temperatures have kept foliar disease pressure at bay. Click here for more of his interview.

How Dry Weather Impacted Fall 2012

Bill has been planting winter wheat for the past seven years, but this year was different. “We decided not to plant winter wheat this season – we didn’t get enough rain, and the drought left our ground too dry,” Bill explained. “On our farm, spring wheat out-yields winter wheat as most of our rain comes in May, after the spring wheat has been planted.” Read more...

Reflections on the Wheat-Growing Season

Luckily, Bill didn’t have too many challenges with growing wheat this past year – it turned out to be an excellent season for him. “When harvest wrapped up around Aug. 20, we were very pleased with our results,” Bill explained.  “We’ve cleaned and conditioned our winter wheat seed and some spring wheat seed, but we’ll finish the process in November. “Our soil profile was filled with moisture from 2011, and we had weekly rains early in the season. So looking back, it was a remarkable growing season for us,” he noted. “The rain ran lower in July, but the wheat is already made by then.” Read more...