Planting Time Lays Foundation for Good Wheat Harvest

Planting Time Lays Foundation for Good Wheat Harvest

Extension agronomist offers tips on getting the best stand, fall development for next year's wheat crop

The best time to work for good yields in wheat fields next summer is now, says Kansas State University research and extension agronomist Jim Shryoer.

Getting a good stand of wheat with strong root and tiller development in the fall and winter provides the foundation for a good harvest, he said.

In the Extension Agronomy e-Update, available at, Shroyer advises that the best practices to ensure effective planting include proper tractor speed of 5 to 6 miles per hour, uniform seeding at about 1.5 inches, good closing with adequate down pressure, planting around the Hessian fly-free date, and making sure the seedlings have adequate nitrogen.

He also advises using a seed treatment, and adjusting nitrogen levels when planting into row crop stubble.

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