Illinois, Kentucky winter wheat farmers happy with mid-season crop condition

Farmers from Illinois and Kentucky are pleased with winter wheat crop conditions so far.

New Holland, Illinois farmer Grant LaForge tells Brownfield he had record wheat yields in 2022 and so far the 2023 crop is on the same track. “The crop went in looking good and I hope it comes out looking good.”

Central Kentucky farmer Scott Ebelhar says their crop was also planted in ideal conditions.

“We did have some stands that lagged behind and dry areas in the field that emerged late, but they have come on strong and tillers look pretty good there. We did have a little bit of a scare with the subzero temperatures ahead of Christmas but there was just enough snow cover on it that I think we came out pretty good. It just shows how resilient a wheat crop can be.”

Brian Prest from Marissa, Illinois says when looking back at photos from past seasons, “I compare this winter to the winter of 2017 crop and that is one of the best yielding crops we have had. I don’t see any problems so far but you never know what the spring will bring us.”

LaForge, Ebelhar and Prest were part of a farmer panel at the Illinois Double Crop Farmers’ Forum in Mt. Vernon Monday.

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