Royce Schaneman, executive director of the Nebraska Wheat Board, says timely rainfall helped producers get the crop in the ground and conditions are very favorable.
“We’re off to a fast start,” Schaneman says. “We’ve had good germination and the crop’s getting up and getting some good growth on before we go into the freezing temperatures.”
Schaneman says winter wheat planting is consistent with last year’s progress.
He says, “We’re about on pace, we might just be slightly ahead, but we had really good conditions and the crop’s off to a fast start.”
Schaneman says the amount of acres seeded to winter wheat in Nebraska is up slightly from past years. The state’s farmers produce an average of 74-million bushels of wheat every year.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton