PRODUCING HIGH YIELDING WHEAT AND SMALL GRAINS
July 2012 wheat was up 17 cents per bushel today closing out at $6.99 per bushel. Grains have been taking a beating the last couple weeks with July wheat dropping over a $1 per bushel from its high of over $8 per bushel. The basis for wheat in Georgia has ranged from $1-1.25 per bushel under the board price so cash contracts are around $5.75-6.00 per bushel. The opportunity for growing wheat and making high yields (75-100 bushels per acre) at good prices and still planting a late May or early June crop of cotton or soybeans behind wheat is there.
Below are excellent radio interviews with Dr. Dewey Lee, University of Georgia Extension agronomist, on producing high yielding wheat and small grains from On The Farm. On The Farm radio program airs weekdays between 6:40 and 6:50 am on WVOH 93.5 FM in Hazlehurst and WDMG 97.9 FM in Douglas and at 6:58 am on WULS 103.7 FM in Douglas.
For a perspective from Dr. Lee on growing high yielding wheat go to On The Farm at OTF-LeeProducingHighYieldWheat and OTF-LeeWheat8-26-11 . These interviews were done when wheat was over $8 per bushel but there may be market rallies growers can take advantage of this winter with the anticipated shortage of corn, soybeans and wheat.
Dr. Lee talks the importance of ordering wheat seed early and seed size at OTF-LeeWheatSeedSize .
The 2011-12 University of Georgia Extension wheat production guide is on the web at http://www.caes.uga.edu/commodities/fieldcrops/gagrains/wheat.html