Wallaces Farmer

Iowa Farmers Interested In Growing Wheat

Record high wheat prices are causing some farmers to consider planting the crop this fall.

Rod Swoboda 1, Editor, Wallaces Farmer

August 23, 2007

2 Min Read

Not much wheat is grown in Iowa. It's less than 40,000 acres compared to 14.3 million acres of corn planted for grain in 2007. But record high prices for wheat are prompting some Iowa farmers, especially in the southern half of the state, to consider planting some this fall. Soft red winter wheat is trading above $7 per bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade, a record-high price.

If you are looking for variety information to help decide which variety to plant, Iowa State University has performance and yield data available from its annual 2007 Winter Wheat Trials. Seventeen hard red, four soft red and two hard white wheat varieties were tested by ISU this year.

Wheat variety trial results now available

Results of the 2007 Iowa Crop Performance Test for winter wheat now are available at www.croptesting.iastate.edu/smallgrains/reports/reports.html.

Printed bulletins will be available after Sept. 4 and can be requested by contacting Iowa Crop Improvement Association at (515) 294-6921, or contact any ISU Extension county office. Or you can contact the ISU Extension Distribution Center at www.extension.iastate.edu/store/ or call the center at (515) 294-5247.

The winter wheat test analyzed 17 hard red, four soft red and two hard white varieties planted at Ames, Crawfordsville and Nashua. Average variety yields were 60 bushels per acre and 60 pounds per bushel test weight. No winter triticale varieties were tested this year with only experimental lines grown, therefore no data are being reported.

ICIA's crop testing program is a cooperative effort with Iowa Ag and Home Economics Experiment Station at ISU and ISU Extension. The program offers unbiased, third-party information to farmers regarding commercial seed they can buy. Information on adaptation and performance of hybrids and varieties is offered for alfalfa, barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat.

About the Author(s)

Rod Swoboda 1

Editor, Wallaces Farmer

Rod, who has been a member of the editorial staff of Wallaces Farmer magazine since 1976, was appointed editor of the magazine in April 2003. He is widely recognized around the state, especially for his articles on crop production and soil conservation topics, and has won several writing awards, in addition to honors from farm, commodity and conservation organizations.

"As only the tenth person to hold the position of Wallaces Farmer editor in the past 100 years, I take seriously my responsibility to provide readers with timely articles useful to them in their farming operations," Rod says.

Raised on a farm that is still owned and operated by his family, Rod enjoys writing and interviewing farmers and others involved in agriculture, as well as planning and editing the magazine. You can also find Rod at other Farm Progress Company activities where he has responsibilities associated with the magazine, including hosting the Farm Progress Show, Farm Progress Hay Expo and the Iowa Master Farmer program.

A University of Illinois grad with a Bachelors of Science degree in agriculture (ag journalism major), Rod joined Wallaces Farmer after working several years in Washington D.C. as a writer for Farm Business Incorporated.

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