Wheat: Farmer Explains Wheat heads, The grains big, is what's causing that head to stand open like that. They're all like that, and they've got four runs to the head. In other words, there are four different rows of grain on each one of them. Farmers gotten 50 bushels wheat in the past will surely get 100 bushels. No, you don't. I've never seen a head that had that much grain to it.





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100 Bushel Winter Wheat

Freddie: See how the heads are opened up here where they're standing open? The grains big, is what's causing that head to stand open like that. They're all like that, and they've got four runs to the head. In other words, there are four different rows of grain on each one of them.

Don Wilshe: Instead of having three or two?

Freddie: Right.

Don Wilshe: So you get the most amount of bulk that way.

Freddie: Right. I mean, there ain't just one head that way, they're all with four. Every one of them has four rows of grain.

Don Wilshe: And without the soap you don't get that?

Freddie: No, you don't. I've never seen a head that had that much grain to it.

Don Wilshe: In North Carolina?

Freddie: In North Carolina.

Don Wilshe: In this area?

Freddie: Yeah. I mean, it seems like this is a good wheat year, but I've never seen a head with that much grain to it.

Don Wilshe: So they're running like three to three and a half inches long.

Freddie: Well, this one is approximately three inches.

Don Wilshe: Which is good for this area; this isn't exactly a big wheat state for production.

Freddie: Right. The boy mixed it with soap and nitrogen and burned it when it was really young, but it just came right back out and turned as green as it could be. He's got a heck of a wheat crop here.

Don Wilshe: Now how many bushels has he gotten in the past?

Freddie: Most of the time he runs 50-60.

Don Wilshe: What's he think he might get this time?

Freddie: He's hoping to get 100 this time.

Don Wilshe: What do you think, by looking at it, he might get?

Freddie: He ain't going to miss 100 by far, if he doesn't get 100. Like I said, it's got four runs on each head.

Don Wilshe: So with input costs being the way they are, he probably needs all the production he can get to break even these days, right?

Freddie: Right. He sure does, because he's got a bunch in it.

Don Wilshe: So where are you from, Freddie? What part of North Carolina are we at here? The Winston-Salem area?

Freddie: I'm close to Winston-Salem, about 19 miles from Winston-Salem, in the East Bend area.

Don Wilshe: Okay.

Freddie: I've been farming all my life, and it's about as pretty a wheat crop as I've ever seen.

Don Wilshe: Well, we'll go shoot a little more video, maybe of your oat crop. You've got an oat crop somewhere, right?

Freddie: Right.

Don Wilshe: Well, thanks a lot, buddy.

Don Wilshe: That Wheat harvested at 124 Bushels an Acre


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