Earl Wetta

Garden Plain, Kansas


  • crop 2,000 acres of sorghum, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and dryland corn
  • acclaimProud, fourth-generation farmer producing corn, sorghum, wheat, soybeans and alfalfa
  • words of wisdom"Sorghum is a flexible crop. If your plans don't work out as intended, it will typically still work with you if you're willing to give it what it needs and manage it intensely."

Earl's latest milestone

Earl Wetta Update - Harvest Stage
Kansas experienced a great deal of rainfall, which ultimately pushed Earl’s harvest date all the way back to November 1. His fields incurred over 49 inches of rain throughout the season, in a region that typically receives only 29-30 inches of rain all season long.
Earl’s Sorghum Shootout field was very flat, resulting in standing water and some places in the soil staying wetter than others. The flat field is typically a good thing, except for this year with the high influx in rainfall. Earl estimates he also may have lost up to 5 bu/A due to a hailstorm that hit a couple of weeks before harvest. He harvested a crop averaging 74 bu/A. He candidly reported his disappointment with the less than 100 bu/A harvest, but maintains his determination to raise the bar on sorghum next season.



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Earl's scorecard

  • Planting


    • 6/17/2016
    • Seed Brand/Hybrid used

    • Phillips 672
    • Plant Population

    • 37,000
    • Seed depth

    • 1 in.
    • Soil conditions at planting

    • Ideal moisture
    • Tillage system used

    • Light disk to plant into moist soil
    • Dryland or Irrigated

    • Dryland
    • Seed treatment/in-furrow products

    • In-furrow application of Stoller Stimulate™ Yield Enhancer (8 oz/A) mixed with 5 gallons 10-34-0 starter fertilizer
    • Herbicide program

    • 1.5 quarts of Lexar® EZ Herbicide applied pre-plant and 1.5 quarts of Lexar EZ Herbicide applied pre-emergence
    • Fertilizer applied prior to planting?

    • 140 units of anhydrous (N) in early March with the goal to plant in May, but then had 3 weeks of rain, so was delayed in planting
    • Row Spacing

    • 30 in.
  • Emergence

      Date of emergence

    • 6/23/2016
    • Stand Count?

    • 34,000 plants per acre
    • Rainfall to date/relevant growing conditions

    • Rained 3/4 of an inch on 6/23
  • 5–6 Leaf Stage

      Pesticide applications

    • None
    • Fertilizer applications

    • None
    • Bio-stimulants

    • Foliar feed application of Bio-Forge® on July 26
    • Rainfall/Relevant growing conditions

    • 1.4 inches rain on July 18 followed by 5 days of 100+ degrees; 0.5 inch of rain on July 25
  • Heading Stage

      Fungicide application

    • None
    • Insecticide application

    • Generic pyrethrin applied 3.84 oz/A for head worms
    • Bio-stimulants

    • None
    • Date to reach 50% flowering

    • August 19, 2016
    • Fertilizer

    • None - leaf test showed adequate fertilizer levels
    • Rainfall/relevant growing conditions

    • 1.6 inches rain on 8/7; 0.3 inches rain on 8/12; moderate temperatures
  • Harvest Stage

    • Check back soon for harvest scorecard updates.