Published on Friday, November 19, 2021
Ben Wiegmann, Beck’s Hybrids Field Sales Agronomist, discusses his top four wheat planting strategies for successful yields: planting date, weed control, planting depth, and planting population.
1. Planting Date @ 0:43 – Be mindful of the Hessian fly-free date for your territory. (See map @ 1:13).
2. Weed Control @ 2:31 – Conventional-tillage is a primary method to control weeds for pre-emergence. In no-till fields, a burndown option of 1.5 to 3.0 oz. of Sharpen® is one way to control weeds. For more of a residual herbicide application, Zidua® can help during the delayed pre-emerge timing stage. Metribuzin can be used as an early post-emergence option (applied after the two-tiller wheat growth stage).
3. Planting Depth @ 4:47 – A 1.0-inch planting depth has had the most successful results compared to shallower and deeper planting depths, in Beck’s Hybrids Practical Farm Research (PFR)® trials.
4. Planting Population @ 5:09 – 1.5-1.8 million wheat seeds/acre planting rate recommendation. For 15-inch row wheat, a seeding rate of 1.4 million wheat seeds/acre is suggested. For drilled wheat, 1.6-1.8 million seeds/acre is suggested to promote main stems on the wheat.
Author: Ben Wiegmann
Categories: Agronomy, Agronomy Talk
Tags: Agronomy, Wheat, weed management