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jberry 185343 244 wheat variety demonstration either
wheat variety demonstration
Penn State University agronomist and local extension
educators held a field meeting this past Monday to show
differences in several wheat varieties in Lehigh County, PA.
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It was raining on and off but we enjoyed seeing how over 30
varieties compared from this seasons conditions and the
local soils.
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This area has a long history of successful soft red winter
wheat production for flour that goes to pastry and pretzel
bakers. These demos where showing how selected hard red
winter wheats compared. Even a spelt variety.

Our climate does not favor hard wheats, but a local ConAgra
mill is after farmers to try.
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Of course there is some variation - but - the combines will
start to roll this weekend as another SE PA wheat harvest
begins.
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Could you mention some of your favorites of those plots?

This year I seeded 3 varieties in one field, I saw some
differences but you only know after combining which is the
best.....
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The hard wheat varieties suggessted by the flour mill are
Hondo and Charter. These do not appear to be the best
yielders in this particular trial. We'll need to see what
the combine can tell us next week. The grain quality is a
challenge around here.

We farm in an area that gets more value per acre from straw
than the grain, so we are very aware of straw yields also.
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excuse me.... did you say that the straw is more important
than the grain? Where do you live, because I will sell you
good wheat straw from S-W Ontario...
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theo maybe the grain has almost no value so then there is a
big chance that the straw has more value :-P
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We are in an increasingly developed area of southern PA.
More and more houses, commercial developmnet and roads. Farm
land can be worth in excess of $20,000/acre - of course not
cash flowed through crop production. The competition for
good land is intense between farmers that are looking to
increase farm size. This is mostly done with rented acres.
All these houses, office buildings and roadways have lots of
landscaping. New, or re-newed, landscape takes lots of straw
to consrve mositure and reduce erosion. So, if our soft red
winter wheat gets $4.00/bushel (right now as we harvest the
local price is $3.70 delivered) and we get 80 bushels to the
acre (maybe a little above average)That yields a gross
return from grain of $320. Now the straw yield at 2 tons and
$180/T (for clean, bright straw in not-to-heavy small bales)
yields $360. If we pretend the grain can pay all input costs
- the straw gets to look some what profitable.

Please keep your straw at home - we enjoy the chance to sell
our straw.
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Just now thought to include a few graphics.

Here's the view across what is now a housing development.
This picture was taken when the new school was being built
across the road from the corn field.
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Here is a view of a different field.

The multiple housing units are across the fence from
vegetables and such.
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Here is what we are growing instead of wheat.
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