Early Planted Wheat Increaes Need for Active Management of the CropFri, 20 Aug 2010 6:07:47 CDT
According to a report prepared by a group of four OSU specialists, approximately 40 to 60% of the winter wheat in Oklahoma is sown with the intent of being used as a dual-purpose crop. In this system wheat is grazed by cattle from late October to early March and harvested for grain in early summer. In a grain-only system, wheat is generally planted in October, but in a dual-purpose system wheat is planted in early to mid-September to maximize forage production. Planting wheat this early significantly increases the likelihood that diseases such as wheat streak mosaic virus, high plains virus, the aphid/barley yellow dwarf virus complex, and root and foot rots will be more prevalent and more severe.
A team that includes Dr. Jeff Edwards, Dr. Tom Royer, Dr. Bob Hunger and Terry Pitts have assembled a very good report on the problems you may run into with early planted wheat- and a recommendation that you consider a wheat seed treatment in order to battle at least some of these early planted issues that may develop.
Click on the link below to read the full article developed by these gentlemen- it's entitled "Effect of Planting Date and Seed Treatment on Diseases and Insect Pests of Wheat."
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