It was too muddy and wet to walk the fields for University of Minnesota Extension small grains tour near Oklee, Minnesota on Wednesday. Before the tour, the area received three inches of rain. Instead, 20 small grain growers met in the machine shed to discuss 2-row barley varieties and wheat. Swenson Seed Farm owner Ray Swenson says the more popular spring wheat variety this year is Linkert. “If you walk out in a plot following the recent storms, you’ll be able to find the variety. It’s standing strong.” There’s lots of wheat lodging due to high winds in recent storms. University of Minnesota Extension small grains specialist Jochum Weirsma answered questions on pests and reminded growers to watch for sawfly, aphids and army worms. “They likely had a good migration.” Scab and tan spot are also challenging the wheat crop in the state.
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