Minnesota’s hard red spring wheat acreage rebounded to 1.6 million acres in 2018. This 40% jump is probably easiest explained by the record yields the previous year and the lackluster futures for corn and soybeans for much of the 2018 marketing year.
The large carry forward of soybeans and continued uncertainty in the export market mean that a further increase of wheat acres is possible, if not likely.
The University of Minnesota Extension has teamed up with the Private Pesticide Applicator Training program to help (re)acquaint farmers with spring wheat and provide the latest production and management tactics for the upcoming growing season.
The combined PPAT/Small Grains Update meetings will be held at the Comstock Community Center, the Ada Event Center, the Marshall County Courthouse in Warren, and the Roseau City Center on January 28, 29, 30 and 31st, respectively.
At each location, the meeting will start at 9:00 AM and end at 2:30 PM. Pre-registration is required for the update and PPAT portion of the program to help us better plan for lunch. Additional details of the meetings and registration can be found here or by calling the Farm Information Line at 1-800-232-9077.