During the 2011-12 growing season, 750,000 acres were planted to winter wheat, with 700,000 acres harvested. This is the largest area of winter wheat ever planted and harvested in North Dakota. The state’s winter wheat yield is estimated at 55 bushels per acre (bu/a), which ties the record yield obtained in 2010. Due to a mild winter, winter survival of the crop was excellent. Furthermore, due to relatively dry conditions, little disease pressure occurred this year. Stripe rust was problematic in a few areas on susceptible varieties.
Joel Ransom and Francois Marais (NDSU Main Station); Eric Eriksmoen (Hettinger Research Extension Center); Jason Riopel, Ducks Unlimited (North Central Research Extension Center, Minot); John Lukach (Langdon Research Extension Center); Glenn Martin (Dickinson Research Extension Center); Gordon Bradbury (Williston Research Extension Center); Blaine Schatz (Carrington Research Extension Center)