Some Southern Indiana farmers spent Tuesday, National Ag Day, walking their wheat fields. Last fall’s good weather let the wheat crop get planted. Steve Gauck, southern Indiana agronomist with Beck’s Hybrids, says the crop survived the winter well, “We had less ground heaving than anticipated, and the stands look very good.”
In fact, the crop is looking so good that an early shot of nitrogen was not needed this year, “In Southern Indiana, we like to put on some nitrogen about farm show time, but most of the fields I have been in do not need any right now. We would be better off to wait and apply nitrogen later in April or May.”
Gauck says, by delaying nitrogen application, growers will save money and get better yields, “The later application will help the plants produce larger heads and more grain.” Gauck is optimistic about a very good wheat crop this year.