Kansas farmer tight roping the window to plant his winter wheat

Western Kansas farmer David Schemm says timely rains have created near ideal planting conditions for his winter wheat crop. “We were a little cautious.  Some of the area farmers started a little early this year, but we were cautious because of getting it into early and getting too much fall growth, be more subject to warmer temperatures, dryness and various things like that.” 

He tells Brownfield it was almost too dry to plant the crop before the moisture, and might have missed the window to get it in. “When we get too late, what happens is we just don’t get a good stand out there, enough root development for that wheat.  It can be subject to blowing and also winter kill out there.  If we plant it too early, the wheat gets too big and takes too much moisture, which hurts next year’s yields.”

Schemm says he started planting this week and will wrap up early next week.

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