Profitable Planning for 2015 Spring Wheat

Summary:
  • 4 steps for planning your wheat crop.
  • The most important soil nutrient when it comes to spring wheat yield.
  • How to further improve crop quality once soil nutrients are balanced.

Profitable Planning for 2015 Spring Wheat

Many of you are partway through your spring wheat harvest, while others are already finished. And you’re already starting to think about your 2015 spring wheat crop.

According to Darren Hefty of Ag PhD, your No. 1 consideration should be which nutrients your soil needs now to maximize the yield of your 2015 spring wheat crop. The University of Idaho Extension takes this one step further, stating that nitrogen (N) should be the most important consideration when it comes to soil nutrients.

The Ag PhD blog post on fall nutrient needs for wheat describes four steps that are successful when planning wheat crops:

    1. Test soil
    2. Estimate yields
    3. Adjust soil fertility
    4. Test plant tissue

As you plan for 2015, it’s important to remember that as you work toward the appropriate soil nutrients, you need to:

  • Make sure weeds don’t compete with your spring wheat crop for nitrogen and;
  • Minimize disease pressure, notably Fusarium head blight (FHB), or scab. Diseases can quickly undo the benefits of appropriate soil nutrition, deteriorating wheat quality.
As you think ahead to how you will keep weeds at bay in 2015 and minimize weed competition, consider a herbicide with multiple modes of action. A product like Huskie® Complete herbicide controls a number of weeds that have developed resistance to other chemistry classes while managing further resistance development.

It’s not news that FHB can be detrimental to wheat, causing grain to have low test weights, lost yield, low germination and mycotoxin contamination. That’s why you need to be judicious in your use of strobilurin chemistries. While they work great on some diseases, they don’t counter FHB and might even do more harm than good. Choosing a product such as Prosaro® fungicide affords you the opportunity to control both scab and leaf diseases.

Check out some ways to start planning your 2015 corn or soybean crop, too.

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