Crop Report for Week of September 15, 2020

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Still catching many army worm moths and stinkbugs are still out in late-season soybean fields, so scout your fields! Wheat planting season is fast approaching – get your seed bought and make sure you get quality seed that is treated. I have seen too many tests of treated vs non treated seed and it is like night and day with the treated seed giving protection from insects and soil-born disease up to two weeks past planting. Get seed that is no less than 90 germ. If you get less than 90 germ you have to start planting more wheat hoping to make up for emergence issues and having enough plants.

Wheat is like any other crop – to raise a good crop you have to manage the crop. Do not plant your own seed from last year unless you have the seed germinated by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Last year was a low test weight year and that affects seed quality also. Unless you are getting seed from a public or private variety that has gone through certification inspection, your chances of having a higher-quality seed is limited. Open a couple of the bags you buy ans check for meal moth or bugs. If you have them, set them aside and return for better seed. Check your drill make sure everything is operational and cleaned out. Do some test runs on setting the drill. Make sure when you are planting or move from field to field you check depth to make sure you are making seed to soil contact and not planting too deep. Small issues add up to big issues at harvest – get the wheat off to the right start.