Farmer in northwest Minnesota sees yield extremes in spring wheat

A crop and livestock farmer in northwest Minnesota saw extreme variability in her spring wheat this year.

Mikayla Tabert of Red Lake Falls says her family farms some light, sandy ground and it got dry during the middle of the growing season.

“With that, we had a lot a lot of variability in fields. We grow hard red spring wheat and that burned up in a lot of areas, especially the sand ridges. It would go from 10 bushels to 90 bushels in a very short period of space.”

She tells Brownfield those extremes were a first.

“I don’t think ever, especially in some of the fields that we thought would do pretty well. There were just, definitely poor spots, poorer than we would hope for.”

Tabert grows corn, soybeans, wheat, sunflowers, tall fescue, alfalfa, and a mix of field peas and canola and says harvest is done except for some sunflower acres.

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