Crookston, Minnesota farmer Kevin Capistran is finished with his small grain harvest. Capistran had concerns about shriveled kernels and lower test weights, but he is pleasantly surprised. “Test weights are fine and size isn’t too bad.” The spring wheat harvested will be used for seed production. Now that small grain harvest is over, Capistran is thinking about next year. “What will we plant? Wheat acres may be up, because soils need to recover. We are likely to see high nitrates, which is a difficult environment for soybeans. Tillage isn’t happening and herbicide carryover is also on my mind. If these wheat herbicides don’t break down, can we get a stand of sugarbeets in the field next year? That’s a lot of what’s on our minds right now.”
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