IL winter wheat crop ahead of schedule

IL winter wheat crop ahead of schedule

A small grains breeder at the University of Illinois says the state’s wheat crop is well ahead of schedule.

Dr. Jessica Rutkoski, assistant professor, tells Brownfield…

“It was really warm in February and March and that got the wheat to come out of winter dormancy much earlier than normal.”  She says, “The crop is about 10 days ahead of what we would normally see in terms of its heading date and anthesis.”

She says farmers who utilized fungicides in that warm window should benefit.

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