Mother Nature won't effect Wheat, Corn and Soybean Production

By: Courtney Lassiter
By: Courtney Lassiter

While hot weather approaching our area will help wheat harvesting get underway, last weekend's showers are exactly what corn and soybeans needed to thrive.
"See the biggest part of our soybean crop is double-crop-beans which come behind wheat, you can't plant beans until you get the wheat out."
So, Warren County farmer Joe Dunkun says the next 10 days are crucial for wheat crops. The weather can't be too wet and not too dry.
"It's sort of a double-edged sword this time a year, harvesting wheat you don't want rain, you want sunny, dry weather."
But, as the process goes, not for long because soybeans and corn need moisture.
"These soy beans were planted Saturday because of the moisture we received this weekend will have them breaking through the ground by Wednesday."
"Most farmers will take the rain because they will get this wheat harvested." Mike Bullock says technology allows farmers to harvest wheat wet or dry.
Especially this year since drier weather out west has made wheat prices spike for the "Wheat Belt of Kentucky" known to others as the fields between Warren and Christian counties.
"5 years ago a good wheat average was 65 - 70 bushels. Last year we had 80. This year 90."
In the past, wheat, corn and soybeans made up about 35-million dollars of Warren County's economy.
If farmers get 90 bushels an acre out of their wheat crop it could be more this year.
So, Dunkun, Bullock and the rest of the farmers have put their order in for good weather.
The weather is important since Warren County ranks among the state's top 10 wheat harvesters and in the top 20 for soybeans and corn.

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