Three Keys to a Better Wheat Crop in 2011- Advice from Dr. Jeff EdwardsWed, 04 Aug 2010 7:18:10 CDT
Within the next month, some wheat producers will begin putting the 2011 wheat crop into the ground. Many of the early fields that will be planted are destined to be grazed by cattle- and might be grazed out next spring depending on the plans of the owner/operator of the property. But, if wheat prices should happen to stay high through the winter, it would encourage a lot of people to pull those cattle and shoot for a grain harvest as well.
OSU Extension wheat specialist Dr. Jeff Edwards was one of those speaking at the Tuesday Bayer Crop Science Oklahoma Innovations meeting- and he told those gathered that he sees three key things that wheat producers need to be doing now to be ready for the planting season.
Those keys include selecting one or more of the newer varieties of wheat available in the southern plains- and definitely get away from Jagger and Jagalene. Edwards says that if your variety has been around longer than four or five years- it will pay you to make a change to newer varieties like Duster or Billings from OSU- or perhaps Jackpot from Agri-Pro. Second, plan on how to stop or minimize weed problems as the crop grows and finally, take time now to get a good soil test for all of your fields- and follow the recommendations of fertilizing for at least an average crop.
You can hear our full conversation with Dr. Edwards by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
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