Earl Wetta Update - Harvest Stage

Earl Wetta • November 17, 2016

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.