Wheat School: Bigger Yields Aren’t Always Better

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Does it make sense to grow more bushels per acre of wheat? Only if it’s more profitable, says agronomist David Shortall.

In this episode of Wheat School, Real Agriculture agronomist Peter Johnson talks with Shortall, a native of Ireland, who now works for Cargill in Ontario. They discuss the results of a recent case study where Shortall compares the profitability of Irish and Ontario wheat growers.

Johnson is practically giddy to hear that growing wheat in Ontario is significantly more profitable than growing wheat in Ireland. In his research, presented last week at the FarmSmart conference in Guelph, Shortall shows how Irish growers can produce much higher yields than their Ontario counterparts, but huge fertilizer and chemical costs eat up all the revenue generated by those extra bushels and much more.

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