Michiana wheat crop looking good despite volatile mother nature
Michiana farmers are hitting the fields in full force right now to harvest their wheat while the dry weather sticks around. This dry weather won't last long as more rain is on the way. Once the rain arrives farmers will have to wait another few days before they can get back out in the field to harvest the wheat, mow it, and then bale it into straw. How is the wheat crop looking here in Michiana this year?
I spoke with Clay Geyer, a local farmer from the Bremen area, who said his crops are looking excellent across the board. Even despite a mid May freeze, drought, and recent flooding. Mother nature has been very volatile this year, and that can cause problems for farmers and their crops. Not all farmers though are seeing their crops flourish. A few isolated areas seen more extreme flooding recently, which accounts for hundreds of acres being destroyed. Luckily though, that type of damage hasn't been seen on a larger scale.
Farmers are in a hurry to get their wheat harvested before weeds take over, which can lower the quality of the finished product. Also wheat is sometimes inter-seeded with alfalfa hay, and if the alfalfa grows past the wheat seed head, then the wheat crop can have an unwanted mix during the harvesting process. The more rain we get the longer the wheat crop goes without being harvested.