Wheat planted for Ohio State University's Farm Science Review yielded a successful farm average of 85 bushels per acre, despite an extremely dry fall planting season followed by the wettest spring in a century.
The yields are on par with other farm averages in west central Ohio.
"We had a lot of concerns this year all the way through the wheat growing season," says Nate Douridas, farm manager with the Farm Science Review at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London. "We started with seeding into some of the driest conditions ever last October, and waterlogged soil this spring created disease pressure all the way through harvest."
Douridas said two fungicide applications - one at full flag leaf and one at the first sign of flowering - helped ensure the yields.
"We knew we had conditions favorable for diseases this spring, and we followed the OSU application guidelines - making two applications to protect the yield and investment we had in the field," he said.
As they consider the 2012 wheat crop, Douridas said Review managers would evaluate the wheat varieties they have grown in the past. They also will look at the Ohio State wheat trials for 2011 and pay special attention to yield and disease resistance.
Each year Farm Science Review managers aim to sow wheat by Oct. 10.
This year's timely harvest, combined with good soil moisture at harvest and a strong soybean market, led Review managers to plant 130 acres of double-crop soybeans in the wheat stubble. Douridas expects to see double crop beans that were planted by July 6 to yield in the mid-20s in terms of bushels per acre, provided normal weather conditions continue.
This year's Farm Science Review will be held Sept. 20-22 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. Tickets are available for sale at local agribusinesses and any OSU Extension office for $5 in advance, or $8 at the gate. Children 5 and under are free. For more information, visit http://fsr.osu.edu.
Farm Science Review is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. It boasts 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, and features the latest in agricultural research, conservation, family and nutrition, and gardening and landscape