Uniform seeding at a consistent depth is the first step to a banner wheat crop, but the first mistake many farmers make — seeding too deep — hurts them twice over. Wheat seeded too deep means fewer plants emerge and those that do are slower to grow and produce fewer tillers. It’s an issue for winter wheat especially, as farmers chase moisture, but the research holds true for spring planted wheat as well.

Phil Needham of Needham Ag Technologies spells out exactly what seeding too deep can cost you, and also discusses the incredible potential in varying nitrogen rates on wheat. Even a basic variable system, he says, will use less overall fertilizer and either maintain or bump yields, on average.

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