The Wheat Quality Council’s spring wheat quality tour just came through North Dakota, and I went to the reporting session in Devil’s Lake (about 75 miles from me) to hear what they had to say. The quality tour reviews for spring and winter wheat and estimates yield based on plants per row, row spacing and kernel counts. This year, they crunched the numbers and predicted yields in the area to be not much higher than 40 bu/A, which is right about average.
Back home in Harvey, we’re about two to four weeks from harvest, and the wheat crops are still looking pretty good. As of late July, the plants were coming on well – we just need some warm, dry weather to ripen them up and carry us into cutting.
I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but after harvest, we’ll be hoping for some September rains. If the area can get some decent moisture at that time, we’ll finally have good conditions for winter wheat planting – unlike the past few years, when we kept facing dry weather. Hopefully we’ll be sitting pretty for winter crop seeding in October.