If Northeast Texas wheat farmers seem a bit sheepish about talking about harvest prospects, it’s because they feel genuine concern for their brethren in other parts of the state and the Southwest who will do well to cut a fraction of what combines are collecting from Northeast of Dallas to the Red River near the Oklahoma and Louisiana state lines.
Farmers in this fortunate corner of the state report yields averaging close to 60 bushels per acre with good test weights. Most got through the season with insignificant disease pressure and most sprayed fungicide on minimal acreage.
“A dry march may have hurt some fields with lighter soils,” says Jim Swart, Texas AgriLife Extension integrated pest management specialist out of Commerce. “But, overall, we have a good crop, and average will be close to 60 bushels per acre in many communities. Most varieties look good, and disease has been light to non-existent.”