Wheat School: Rough-Looking Wheat Needs Early N, Clover, but No Spring Wheat, Please

Barley heads in winter wheat. A combining nightmare? Photo credit: Leander Campbell, 2014

Depending on where you farm, between 10% and 21% of Ontario’s winter wheat acres went in during the seven day extension granted by AgriCorp last fall. Seeing as the earlier the crop goes in, the higher the yield potential, don’t be surprised if 2015 yields aren’t stellar.

That late planting may also impact stand survivalbility, says Peter Johnson, a.k.a. @WheatPete, and while there’s ample snow cover now to insulate the crop, that wasn’t the case in late December. What will those wheat fields look like once the snow recedes? It’s hard to know, but Johnson’s got answers for some of the early season management decisions farmers will have to make soon.

See the entire Wheat School library, here!

From how much nitrogen to apply and when (yes, even if you’re unsure of the crop’s survival), to why single-cut clover is still a good investment, even on a thin stand, to why filling in bald spots with spring wheat is not likely a great idea, you’ll find all that and more in this Wheat School, below.

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Lyndsey Smith

Lyndsey Smith is a field editor for RealAgriculture. A self-proclaimed agnerd, Lyndsey is passionate about all things farming but is especially thrilled by agronomy and livestock production.

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