Hurdsfield, North Dakota farmer Chad Weckerly says the wheat planted in early April dried out before it could break the surface. “There are areas of the field dying off at emergence. It didn’t rot, it just ran out of moisture.” Today, this issue can only be found in small parts of a field. Weckerly entered the planting season with the expectation of below normal yields. “Realistically, would we still have yield potential in the field for a 40 bushel an acre crop? Yes, that’s what we planned for. We’re used to seeing 65 bushel an acre wheat and larger potential this time of the year. It’s very unsettling.”
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