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2013 Winter Wheat Crop: Month 8

May 31, 2013

There have been a lot of changes since we took a first look inside the wheat plant stem on May 3.

The plant now reaches about 34 inches from the ground to its tip. The seed head is fully developed, but the kernels are still soft. The kernels are now “filling” or reaching maturity. Rain is still important because it influences the weight of each kernel.

We get paid on the number of bushels. Bushels are figured by weight and the average bushel of wheat weighs 60 pounds. The cash price for wheat this morning is $7.30 per bushel. Our yield will be the true indicator of the effect of the late freezes.

You can see how the plants are losing their green color as they complete the life cycle. The kernels will harden and the plant will turn golden as it dries down, or essentially, dies.

We begin harvest when we’re sure that the seed kernel is dry enough. Kernels that are too wet would eventually spoil. So, the grain companies that receive the wheat have set limits on moisture content.

Take a look at month 8. Next month: Harvest!

Winter Wheat, May 2013

Winter Wheat, May 2013

Winter Wheat Field, May 2013

Winter Wheat Field, May 2013

 

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2 Responses to “2013 Winter Wheat Crop: Month 8”

  1. Jesse Crain Says:

    Lookin’ Good!

    Saw your post on the side about book recommendations; try “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls (memoir). Your local library will probably have it.


  2. Thanks, Jesse! Hope things are good by you. I’ll check out that book. Appreciate the suggestion.


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