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Extreme Cold Could Hurt Early Planted Wheat Fields Says OSU Extension Specialist Amanda Silva

Thu, 11 Feb 2021 08:50:36 CST

Extreme Cold Could Hurt Early Planted Wheat Fields Says OSU Extension Specialist Amanda Silva The brutally cold weather could be having an adverse effect on some early planted wheat fields, said Dr. Amanda de Oliveira Silva, OSU Extension small grains specialist, during a presentation Wednesday to OGI.

Silva, who is also an OSU Wheat Improvement team member, said the extent of the damage depends on how long it will stay cold.

The varieties that are not as advanced in growth will have more protection, she said.

Silva said she collected some samples last week and this week and noted the early varieties that are at hollow stem are in danger of damage.

Time will tell and the OSU scientist said they will be keeping a close watch on the wheat fields to monitor any damage from the subzero temperatures.

In other wheat research news, Silva discussed results from test plots on the relationship of nitrogen fertilizer application and grain protein.

Preliminary research results showed nitrogen increased protein in new wheat varieties, Silva said.

Some of the newer varieties require more nitrogen to maximize protein, she said.

Yields from field trials last year ranged from 107 bushels to 120 bushels per acre.

The OSU scientist said plotting allows producers to choose varieties based on both yield and protein levels under different growing conditions.

I believe the milling and baking industry is becoming more vocal in what they want so it is important for us to make varieties available with those good qualities, Silva said.

You can hear more of Silva’s comments to OGI by clicking on the listen bar below.


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