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Wheat seed is sitting in ‘bone dry’ ground

XtremeAg farmer Chad Henderson is running wide open to finish harvest and wheat seeding. Lee Lubbers worries about moisture levels across his South Dakota wheat ground.

CHAD HENDERSON – MADISON, ALABAMA

Chad Henderson is part of a fifth-generation farming operation in Madison, Alabama. Henderson Farms operates over 8,000 acres of dryland and irrigated corn, dryland soybeans, wheat, and dryland and irrigated double-crop soybeans. When not farming, Chad can be found carrying on another proud family tradition as a drag racer for Henderson Racing.

We are done with corn and running wide open to finish harvesting our double crop soybeans. We are following up our beans by drilling in wheat right behind the combines. We are also spraying BASF’s Zidua as a pre-emergent on our bare wheat ground along with a mix of fertility. We like to use wheat in our rotation to help build our organic matter and keep our double crop bean rotation on track. We’ve also found that putting a wheat crop in helps lower the disease pressure in our soybeans later in the season.

Hopefully in the next few weeks we’ll be done with the combines for this season.

Chad Henderson's John Deere combines in an Alabama field
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LEE LUBBERS – GREGORY, SOUTH DAKOTA

Lee Lubbers of Gregory, South Dakota, grew up in the farming tradition, and remembers well using leftover scholarship money as the down payment for his first tractor and rent for 200 acres. Today, he farms more than 17,000 acres of dryland soybeans, corn, and wheat. Lubbers says one of the most important things to him is to always be learning and challenging himself to build an operation and a legacy that the next generation can be proud of.

The dusty grind continues so far this harvest. We’ve only had to sit for less than an hour while cutting soybeans as some passing sprinkles came over us, otherwise it’s been bone dry for a long time.

We’ve just finished up spraying most of our wheat stubble. Usually, we do that in early mid-September, before fall harvest starts, but we’ve been so dry that the volunteer wheat won’t germinate and grow up big enough to spray. Around home we got a shower at the end of September that resulted in enough sprouting that we can spray it now. Yet we have one area where the stubble still looks exactly like it did when we harvested in mid-July, nothing has germinated yet. I’ve never seen a situation where a field went that long without any rain.

Soybean harvest is done, and the wheat is all planted. It’s pretty much laying in dry ground waiting for a good shot of moisture. It will take a sizable amount of moisture since the ground is so dry.

John Deere tractor and planter seeding wheat
Photo credit: XtremeAg

The air seeders are washed up and in storage and corn harvest is in full swing. For being so terribly dry this year we are happy with our yields, and we are very impressed with the quality of our soybeans and corn. We have good heavy test weights.

We’ve harvested and measured numerous trials for our XtremeAg group and have several more to go. Management of our crops pays year in, year out, and so does our quest for knowledge. It’s how we get better, wet or dry. Stay safe everyone!

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