“The price made it a lot more attractive to plant more acres, and I doubled my wheat acres this year.”
And most local wheat producers, like Jimmy Killebrew, will plant a second crop behind their wheat. Gaylon Morgan is with Texas Agri-life Extension.
“I think the primary thing that would limit this double crop system is the availability of moisture. If we have, under dry land, if we have good moisture, when these guys can plant soybeans, then it may be a viable option. If they have irrigation, then definitely a viable option considering soybean prices also.”
But soybeans aren’t an option if you can’t find any seed.
“I’ll follow this field up with most likely milo, mainly because I couldn’t get any soybean seed. I would rather follow it up with soybeans, cause soybeans, their price is pretty attractive right now, but I’ll follow it up with milo, because I can get milo seed, and this field is irrigatable, so this will make a good yield of milo.”
Between 60% and 80% of the wheat grown in Texas every year is a dual purpose crop.
“A lot of oats and wheat are grown for forage crops, and they can be grazed from planting until probably mid-February. Then the cattle can be pulled off, and then it can be harvested for grain.”
There’s a strong global demand for wheat.
“Australia is probably one of the largest, or is the largest wheat producer year end and year out, but they’ve had some bad years, and that’s one of the reasons wheat prices are where they are now.”
70% of the Texas wheat harvest will be exported.
“There’s a big export demand for the wheat that we grow in Texas, cause of our locale for one.”
“And again that’s because it’s used primarily as a food crop, and so it’s going to the other place that like bread.”