On The Farm: Nick`s Wheat | Video| 7/15/2009
"I think Al Gore and his group should be out here and tell us about this global warming stuff. I think he might have a change of mind. We`ve had a cool July, says Orlan Dreyer, Willow City Farmer
July mornings aren`t supposed to be 50 degrees, but once again today, we`re seeing temperatures well below normal. With two inches of rain on my wheat crop in the last two weeks, we have plenty of moisture to carry us for awhile.
"All in all we had a late start, but you have a lot of potential here, says Dreyer.
Dad got the crop sprayed but since we were a little late getting to it and the crop was more advanced, chemical cost were almost $17 an acre. But the spraying did the trick and the crop is flourishing under the cool, wet conditions, but has it been too cold?
"This is a little extreme. You have to push the crop a little too to get it to mature. We`re running late and we could run into problems, I`ve seen frost in August. It hurt bad, explains Dreyer.
Along with an early frost, disease is a concern out here as we enter the heading stage. Dad has his own theory on that.
"We might end up with Norwegian wheat, big heads and nothing in them, says Dreyer. (laughing)
This is one Norwegian hoping that his heads aren`t empty.
(Nick Dreyer raises 145 acres of wheat on his family farm near Willow City, ND)