Wheat School: Solve your tiller problem with N, not seeding rate

Episodes:

Wheat tillers are nothing but a well-camouflaged weed, right? Not exactly.

While excessive tillering can cause grief for fungicide timing and harvest management, one tiller can actually pull its own weight and contribute to yield.

How do you best manage for one or two tillers?

Say it with us now: nitrogen!

If you wanted to say seeding rate, we understand: it’s a common misconception.

Peter Johnson, RealAgriculture agronomist, says that if we dig a little into how wheat grows you’ll understand why nitrogen, and not seeding rate, is the better way to manage tillers.

“You can’t stop wheat from tillering. It’s made to do that,” says Wheat Pete. Tillering has been bred out of corn, for example, but the trait is still firmly there for wheat. Wheat decides how many tillers to make based on early moisture and nutrient levels — good early moisture conditions and all the nitrogen applied up front is a recipe for lots and lots of tillers.

In this sound effect-laden Wheat School, Johnson walks us through why upped seeding rates cause more issues than tillers ever would; why aiming for 30 live plants per square foot should inform your seeding rate; and, why split-app nitrogen may not boost overall yield, but should manage your tiller problem.

“Apply your second nitrogen application AFTER it’s done tillering,” Johnson says. Watch below for more:

Find all the Wheat School episodes here!

Leave a Reply

 

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Privacy Preference Center

Necessary

Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.

gdpr, __cfduid, PHPSESSID, wordpress_test_cookie, woocommerce_items_in_cart, woocommerce_cart_hash, wp_woocommerce_session, wordpress_logged_in, wordpress_sec, wp-settings, wp-settings-time, __cf_mob_redir, wordpress_cache, realag
__cfduid

Marketing

Measuring interactions with the ads on the domain.

__gads,fsk_ut_2317
scmtid,v,a,JSESSIONID
IDE

Statistics

These are used to track user interaction and detect potential problems. These help us improve our services by providing analytical data on how users use this site.

_ga,_gid,_gat,_cb,_chartbeat2,_chartbeat4
_ga,_gat
_ga,_gid
metrics_token

Preferences

Preference cookies enable the website to remember information that changes the way the website behaves or looks, like your preferred language or the region that you are in.

chartdefaults, comment_author, comment_author_email, comment_author_url
JSESSIONID, _os_session,anonymous_votes,csrf-param,csrf-token,user,user-id,user-platform,intercom-session,intercom-lou,intercom-session
personalization_id, tfw_exp