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Texas Wheat: Hale, Swisher Counties Crops Better than Expected

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By Blayne Reed, Texas Agrilife Hale and Swisher County Extension Agent May 16, 2014

All totaled, our area wheat could be much worse off considering the environment and drought we have been forced to grow it in. I see no major pest issues in the Hale & Swisher fields I have been able to check these past few weeks. The largest concern has been potential damage from the April freeze event and detection of wheat virus in fields producers are pushing for grain yields.

In our most recent newsletter, I estimated that the majority of wheat fields I had checked had only about 5% damage in the lower portions of the fields. Now that the heads are emerging, this estimate looks fairly accurate. There are a few unfortunate exceptions with much more damage.

One lusher than average field in south-central Swisher County had 70 – 80% damaged primary heads in the low laying areas of the field and 30 – 40% in the higher elevated areas. There are secondary heads available to this field and should help mitigate some of the yield loss associated with this freeze damage loss.

 
With the high and dry winds we have had, and no moisture, there are additional concerns about how much grain the plants can possibly be filling in those still healthy heads. I did have the opportunity to pull some wheat heads from irrigated for grain fields this week. I am finding decent dough filling in most seed sites. I spoke to a producer who concurred with my beliefs. We how much weight that seed will have to it is another question. I would expect it to be fairly light given the conditions.
For producers pushing wheat for grain yields, be on the lookout for wheat virus symptoms. Once a wheat field is confirmed to have any of these viruses, yield potential drops rapidly, regardless of additional inputs. I received the following today from Jacob Price, of the Texas A&M AgriLife Plant Pathology Lab in Amarillo:
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By Blayne Reed, Texas Agrilife Hale and Swisher County Extension Agent May 16, 2014