Wheat Still a Viable Option

— Written By Gary Cross
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It has been a hot and dry summer and fall. With fall approaching it will be time to look at wheat. The first issue you need to do is test your soil to see if you are lagging fertility or lime issues. Next when you buy your seed always by certified seed and check the germination tag you want 90 or above germination. Also makes sure your seed in treated with the disease pathogens in the soil the first two weeks of emergence is critical for stand and tiller count in the long run. Wheat can compensate but a nice thick stand going into winter dormancy and coming out of winter dormancy. Seeding will depend on row spacing. Drilling wheat seed is the preferred method because seed to soil contact is better than a broadcast method. If you are planting late your seeding rate should be increased at least 5%. Try to do 15-30lbs of preplant nitrogen if possible if you are following corn and or no till systems. Wheat can be harvested for grain but also if needed can be cut as hay and can be grazed wheat is a versatile crop!