Minnesota’s small grain harvest mostly complete. University of Minnesota Extension Agronomist Jochum Wiersma says growers were pleasantly surprised with spring wheat yields, grain protein and test weight. “People were fearful the test weights would suffer due to the drought stress. In most all cases, the test weight is excellent. We have nice quality wheat. The yields across the region are more variable than we’ll likely see in a generation. The highest yields were 80 bushels/acre and the lowest were in the mid-teens.” Now, there’s a lot of stubble left in fields. “Because it’s so dry, I wouldn’t work the stubble at all until we have some recharge. Then, it depends on what the plans are for those acres. We need to get volunteer seeds germinate so that doesn’t carryover into 2022.”
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