The benefits of growing winter wheat are vast. In addition to providing an efficient use of both early and late-season moisture, winter wheat also creates habitat for upland birds, decreases soil erosion, reduces the need for pesticides (and also the selection pressure for herbicide-resistance in weed populations) and increases the diversity of a crop rotation.
Still, seeding winter wheat for the first time can be more than a little intimidating. So, what do you need to know?
In this video, Brian Beres, research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, explains what to consider when planning a winter wheat crop, including: seed density, stubble choices, “the green bridge” and the potential consequences of seeding too early or too late.
For more information on growing winter wheat, check out: The Winter Wheat Production Manual, published by the Alberta Wheat Commission.
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