Agronomy Talk

Wheat Planting and Weed Management

Agronomy Update

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.


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