Dead Areas in Wheat Fields

  by Glen Arnold, Putnam County

The excessive rainfall in April and May have resulted in dead areas showing up in local wheat fields. The saturated soils deprived the wheat plants of oxygen in the root zone and caused their eventual death.

In some fields the damage is limited to just low areas. In other fields the damage is more extensive and some farmers are considering harvesting the wheat plants as wheatlage in round bales or killing the wheat and planting soybeans.

It’s difficult to estimate potential yields on wheat fields damaged by the excessive water. A local crop adjustor estimated one wheat field as having a yield potential of less than 10 bushels per acre. Famers with crop insurance should check with their local insurance agent before making any final decisions.

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