So why is wheat our primary crop? First, we don't irrigate. Wheat is more drought tolerant than corn or soybeans. While the seed genetics are getting better and helping make dryland corn and soybeans a more viable crop in this part of the state, wheat is a proven performer in less-than-ideal conditions. (Of course, we would love to have ideal conditions, but that rarely happens.)
Case in point: We could definitely use some rain. Randy is having to plant the wheat seeds about 2 inches into the ground in an attempt to find some sub-soil moisture.
As we plant the wheat, we add a liquid fertilizer. One of my jobs is hauling fertilizer tanks to the field and then returning to Zenith to get more fertilizer.
The fertilizer gets transferred from the 1,000-gallon "nurse" tank pulled by the pickup to this tank on the drill. Then it goes into tubes ...
and is squirted out of small holes in the drill.
seed wheat saved from the 2015 harvest.
|We have our wheat treated with an insecticide - Cruiser - and a fungicide - Vibrance Extreme.That's why it's that color instead of "golden."|