Illinois farmer expecting smaller winter wheat crop in ’22


Illinois farmer expecting smaller winter wheat crop in ’22

Mark Krausz speaks with other farmer panelists David Justison and Dan Rubin during the 2022 Illinois Double Crop Farmers Forum

The winner of the 2021 Illinois Wheat Association winter wheat yield contest is expecting a smaller crop across the state in 2022.

Mark Krausz of New Baden in southwestern Illinois tells Brownfield while he was able to get is winter wheat planted on time last fall with good plant establishment, other growers on a panel during the Illinois Double Crop Farmers Forum, weren’t so fortunate.

“Two of the three farmers on the panel only got 2/3 of their wheat planted and of that, the last third was not optimum- and that seems to be a common theme.”

Krausz says in talking to other growers he does not expect the ‘22 crop to be as successful as it was last year in Illinois.

“I think the wheat crop is smaller as far as stature and plant development and farther behind than it has been in other years, so I see some issues there.”

And he says the high prices and lack of availability when it comes to chemicals will likely cause some hiccups when it comes time to plant double crop soybeans.

The Forum, hosted by the Illinois Wheat Association and Illinois Soybean Association was held in Mt. Vernon Tuesday.

Interview with Mark Krausz