Prepare now to speed up wheat planting
by Katie Pratt, UK Ag Communications
Oct 09, 2013 | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Matt Barton/UK ag communications
A cool, wet spring and summer has delayed corn harvest for many Kentucky growers this year, which means wheat planting will also be delayed. While it may be several weeks before farmers fire up their wheat drills, they can do several things to make sure they are ready to plant as quickly as possible, said Carrie Knott, grain crops specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

“Wheat is typically planted Oct. 10 to 30,” Knott said. “After Oct. 30, growers may start to lose yield potential due to decreased tillering, cold injury and from heaving, which is the uplifting of the plants and roots caused by the soil freezing and thawing.”

This year’s corn harvest is well behind schedule. According to the Kentucky field office of the National Agricultural Statistic Service, only 14 percent of corn was harvested as of Sept. 16. This is well below the five-year harvest average of 33 percent and the 58 percent of the crop that was harvested by that time in 2012.

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