Wet weather likely compressing field time

Excessive rains in Ohio could be problematic for the state’s wheat crop which is just breaking dormancy.

“There’s a lot of water sitting out there.”

Alice Harris, Technical Service Representative with BASF tells Brownfield, “You can get spots in the fields that do tend to die off, also having cooler, wet conditions can really start some early season diseases like Septoria or some of the molds.”

Harris also worries the warmup in the forecast could cause rapid wheat development when fields are still too wet to access.

“We’re having to do a lot of things at once, and when we think about wheat farmers, they’re not just farming wheat—they’re usually farming several other crops,” she says.  “It does put a lot of pressure on getting your applications out as fast as you can when those field conditions are optimal.”

She recommends farmers keep scouting early in the season and stay proactive to remain ahead of challenges caused by increased moisture.

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