Controlling Volunteer Wheat

As wheat planting season approaches, a couple important questions arise.  When should we kill the volunteer wheat, and how soon before drilling?  Volunteer wheat needs to be controlled at least two weeks prior to drilling.  This should eliminate the majority of pests that are using the volunteer wheat as a host.  Producers may not have [...]

2017-08-14T20:05:04+00:00August 15th, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Wheat|Tags: , , , , |

Start Preparing For Your 2018 Wheat Crop – Now!

Wheat harvest will wrap up shortly across the High Plains.  It was an interesting year.  A dry fall and winter was followed by an unusually wet spring.  Late freeze and snow events added to the roller coaster that is growing wheat! As you prepare for sowing wheat again this fall, it is time to look [...]

2018-04-26T15:40:46+00:00July 1st, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Wheat|Tags: , , , , |

What Is The Cost Of Saving Your Own Wheat Seed?

Many producers plan on saving back some wheat for seed.  This is partially a cost saving decision.  But the question is whether it truly is cheaper to save your own seed vs buying certified seed. Starting with a good quality clean seed at planting is one of the most important things we do.  We very [...]

2018-04-18T16:49:09+00:00June 1st, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Crops, Wheat|Tags: , , , , |

Managing Wheat This Spring

Well, it’s that time of year again! Spring time is quickly approaching and we are starting to see a green up in our winter wheat crops. An overall general statement would be that the wheat crop so far is looking pretty average in comparison to other years. It is very hard to make money on [...]

2017-03-01T08:00:34+00:00March 1st, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Crops, Wheat|Tags: , , , , |

Considerations For Double Crop Soybeans

With the recent uptrend in soybean prices, many producers are showing more incentive to plant double crop (DC) soybeans following irrigated wheat this season. Recent rainfall and milder temperatures have allowed many producers to save a significant amount of water during the flowering and grain fill stages of their wheat crop. In southwest and south [...]

2018-04-24T21:21:38+00:00June 15th, 2016|Categories: Agronomic, Crops, Soybeans, Wheat|Tags: , , , , |

Jointing and First Hollow Stem in Wheat Production

In much of the Crop Quest trade area, wheat is considered a dual purpose crop.  It can be utilized for grazing and grain. The wheat is drilled earlier in the season if going for grazing only and planted at a higher seeding rate to provide plenty of forage for cattle during the winter months. When [...]

2015-10-01T08:00:43+00:00October 1st, 2015|Categories: Agronomic, Wheat|Tags: , , , , |

Wheat Seeding Rates – Pounds or Seeds?

As producers begin to make preparations for fall seeding of winter wheat, one of the decisions to be made is how much seed to plant per acre. Those who may still be planting by pounds or bushels per acre may want to consider a different approach. They may want to set their drill to deliver [...]

2018-04-18T15:52:36+00:00September 1st, 2015|Categories: Agronomic, Crops, Wheat|Tags: , , , , |

Improve Winter Wheat Stands with Seed Treatments

Winter wheat planting time is rapidly approaching. Now is the time to evaluate your seed supply for its quality. Having seed cleaned to eliminate the light test weight kernels is a good idea. If the germination rate is low (less than 90%) you may want to use a seed treatment to increase the survivability rate [...]

2018-04-18T15:52:08+00:00September 1st, 2015|Categories: Agronomic, Wheat|Tags: , , , , |

Scout Early for Stripe Rust in Wheat

Stripe rust is caused by the fungus Puccinia striiformis and is one of the most prevalent and destructive diseases of wheat in the world.  It has caused major losses in wheat crops around the world for many decades, and it continues to be a problem.  Kansas wheat losses from Stripe Rust have been reported up [...]

2018-04-18T15:35:27+00:00October 15th, 2014|Categories: Crops, Uncategorized, Wheat|Tags: , , , , |

Phosphorus an Important Nutrient for Successful Wheat Production

Phosphorus is a vital nutrient for wheat and other small grain production.  In many ways it is even more important than nitrogen.  We always think of nitrogen as the nutrient that allows plants to grow vigorously, and get the crop off to a good start, but without proper phosphorus levels, adequate or excess nitrogen will [...]

2018-04-26T15:35:31+00:00July 15th, 2014|Categories: Agronomic, Uncategorized, Wheat|Tags: , , , , |

Topdressing Wheat

Winter chill hangs in the air, but it’s not too soon to plan for topdressing. Today, we are focusing on the why, when and how of topdressing wheat. Topdressing is the process of adding a second round of nitrogen during late dormancy to early green up, compensating for any deficiencies and giving wheat an extra [...]

2014-01-01T08:01:45+00:00January 1st, 2014|Categories: Agronomic, Crops, Uncategorized, Wheat|Tags: , , , , |

2013 Crop Season In Review

The 2013 growing season has been interesting to say the least.  Variable may be a good summarization of the year. Drought conditions continued to dominate a good portion of the High Plains through the spring and early summer.  While central and eastern parts of Kansas and Oklahoma experienced more normal precipitation early in the growing [...]

The Importance of Phosphorus Fertilizer in Wheat

Next to nitrogen, phosphorus is the most important nutrient needed by a wheat crop.  Phosphorus (P) is vital for plant development starting when wheat is just a seedling and continuing all the way to maturity.  Besides playing a role in the quality and formation of seeds, this nutrient helps ensure uniform heading, faster maturity and [...]

2018-04-26T15:36:01+00:00September 1st, 2013|Categories: Agronomic, Crops, Uncategorized, Wheat|Tags: , , , , |

Winter Wheat Management

As wheat harvest is wrapping up over a good portion of the country, “it’s not too early to start thinking about your wheat seed needs for this fall,” states Dwight Koops, Crop Quest President.  In some areas there may be shortages of seed wheat due to adverse growing conditions this past season over the High [...]