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Thursday, July 25, 2013 12:00 AM


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It depends on who you talk to how the winter wheat crop did this season.

United Equity General Manager Jackie Seibert said her area farmers were pleased this year.


“The wheat crop was better than expected,” she said Wednesday. “The farmers were pleasantly surprised by the yields. We were seeing bushels per acre at anywhere from the mid-60s up to 90.”


With summer arriving a little wetter than farmers would have liked, vimitoxin could have been a problem.

“The toxin levels ended up being OK,” Seibert said.

Jennings-Gomer Equity GM Gary Kruse said what he has seen in the crop has been about average.

“We were seeing about 60-70 bushels per acre. Farmers didn’t plant as much because of the wetter spring so we didn’t have as much as we have in the past,” Kruse said.

With farmers kept from the fields the latter part of June and into July, there was some slight sprouting in the wheat, which raises another concern. Wheat in storage may also have a higher moisture content and begin to sprout.

“When wheat sprouts, it starts to lose its enzyme, so the falling numbers is a concern,” Seibert said. “The mills check the enzyme level in the actual kernel and if it isn’t above a certain number, it can’t be used for food products.”

Kruse learned a thing or two this year about the subject.

“I’ve been at this a long time and I just learned this year what happens if the enzyme content isn’t right,” he said. “If the numbers aren’t right, the wheat flour doesn’t react with the yeast in the rising process. If it’s used in batter, it won’t stick to the meat and cookies won’t rise as high and will be flatter. They won’t fit in the packaging.”

If a load’s falling numbers aren’t where they should be, the price of wheat is so close to corn Seibert said she will use a one-third to two-thirds wheat/corn ratio in feed for hogs.

“Since the prices are so comparable, it doesn’t cost any more to use the wheat for feed, so there isn’t a total loss if a load doesn’t test right for food processing. It doesn’t affect the animals,” she added.

Last Updated on Thursday, July 25, 2013 12:24 AM

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