Wheat: Recapping 2011 and Selecting Seed for the 2012 Crop
Noel Mues, Extension Educator
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Extension,
Severe drought conditions to our south limited movement of leaf and stripe rust spores into the state, which could have been disastrous had the spores arrived during our wet weather. Hail was the other unwanted scourge that rode in on the coattails of our above average rainfall.
Those fields missed by hail and disease issues, performed very well indeed. Average rainfed yields across the state generally were between 50 and 60 bu/ac, but ranged widely from 0 to more than 70 bu/ac. Test weights were generally good, but grain protein levels were generally lower than normal, typically falling between 9% and 12%.
Selecting Seed for Disease Resistance – While it is seldom wise to base next year’s production plans solely on this year’s results, wheat growers who saw a lot of disease issues may want to consider selecting wheat varieties with good resistance to the diseases of greatest interest. If plant emergence was a problem because of deep seeding to try and get seed in contact with moist soil, growers may wish to consider wheat varieties with a long coleoptile.
Compare Wheat Variety Traits 24/7 on the Virtual Wheat Tour – Whatever the coming season has in store, one of the most critical decisions a wheat grower will make is the choice of wheat varieties. One of the resources to use in making this decision is the Wheat Varieties Virtual Tour. http://cropwatch.unl.edu/web/wheat/virtual
Wheat growers can see a list of wheat varieties recommended for their part of the state, read about a variety’s characteristics, and compare those characteristics to other varieties of interest. Growers also can see how different varieties performed in nearby wheat variety trials and locate a certified seed dealer who carries the varieties they are most interested in buying.
Wheat variety recommendations are based on three-year average yield data and specialists’ experience with the varieties in their regions of the state. Given the highly variable climate of
The Wheat Varieties Virtual Tour site is updated each year in early August with the results from the latest statewide variety testing program. This ensures that growers have access to the most current information on winter wheat varieties when making their seed purchases.
Selecting adapted and complimentary varieties is one of the most important decisions a wheat grower will make for this season. Make a more informed decision by visiting the Wheat Varieties Virtual Tour.
Source: Cropwatch – Drew Lyon, UNL Extension Dryland Crops Specialist
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