Wrap up of the 2016 Wheat Harvest

(Romulo Lollato) I think whenever we look back at this 2016 wheat crop one of the main driving factors for such high yields as we observed this year, the temperatures, they were near normal but slightly below normal during the grain filling period and that’s May up to about mid-June or so. So most of the month of May we had below normal temperatures, and in addition to that we had more than enough precipitation to fulfill that grain filling period so really this year we probably had over 40 days of good grain filling conditions which is very rare in Kansas. Generally if we get 28 or 32 we are really happy with it so in this year we had over 40 days where temperatures were cool and there was enough moisture to reach to those high yields. But that moist and cool weather it led to a high pressure of stripe rust and that is manageable, so that’s where we saw a lot of difference this year where producers they seemed to be very proactive when they were controlling their stripe rust. I think research has shown that here in Kansas depending on the environmental conditions and depending on your variety of susceptibility, fungicide may pay off in many cases. But again if you’re planting a variety that is resistant and the environment is not conductive it may not pay off to spray on that circumstance. So I think being ready to trigger that application it’s a very important step in the mindset of the wheat producer here in Kansas. But just spraying without scouting I wouldn’t really recommend that. We are reaching that point where producers need to start thinking about the variety they will plant next year. Keep in mind that variety selection is very important tool to the success of your farm, not only disease resistance but also their economic performance.

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