WOOSTER, Ohio — Rain and cool temperatures kept disease levels low and crop performance at its peak for Ohio’s wheat. The result: a good year for yields.
Forecast. According to the Ohio Agricultural Statistics Service, the state average yield for winter wheat has been forecast at 68 bushels per acre, five bushels per acre more than last year. Farmers harvested over 1 million acres this year, compared to 730,000 acres last year.
Ohio’s wheat performance is the general trend across the Midwest, as cooler-than-normal temperatures during flowering period and good timing of rains kept head scab development, as well as other diseases, to a minimum.
OSU Extension’s 2008 wheat performance trials are available to assist growers in choosing wheat varieties that yield well, are resistant to insects and diseases and produce quality grain.
For more information on wheat planting preparations visit the OSU Extension Agronomic Crops Team Web site.