Heat Spells Big Difference in South Dakota's Winter and Spring Wheat Yields, Crop Tour Shows

Volga, SD — Results from the kickoff of the 2020 Agweek Cereal Crop Tour in South Dakota were a mixed bag, Agweek reports July 24.

Yields for state's winter wheat are coming in above average, while most the spring wheat yields are expected to be held down by hot weather.

About one-third completed, the winter wheat harvest is yielding above-average and 20 to 25 more bushels per acre than in 2019, according to Jack Ingemansen, superintendent of South Dakota State University’s Foundation Seed Stock.

By contrast, South Dakota’s spring wheat harvest, expected to start in the next week, is projected to be just average at about 50 to 60 bushels per acre, says Jon Kleinjan, SDSU's Extension crop production associate.

An exception is the north-central region of the state, he says, where spring wheat growers tell him they are looking to have their best crop ever.

To view the complete report by Agweek, click here.

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