Western Nebraska Wheat Grower Sees Payoff From Timely Management

July 23, 2017

Mark Spurgin's Case IH combine rumbles up a mile-long stretch of wheat on the edge of the Nebraska Sandhills. His hands haven't touched the steering wheel, thanks to satellite row guidance technology. But after harvesting winter wheat for over 35 years, it's a hard habit to break.

The yield monitor reads a consistent 70 to 72 bushels per acre, and this field north of Ogallala has some of the highest yields he's seen this year. "This is probably the best field we're going to harvest. If we average 55 to 65 bushels per acre, we'll be doing pretty well," Spurgin says. "There are some 80-bushel averages, but most are probably from 60 to 65 bushels per acre."

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