The recommended seeding dates for Nebraska's winter wheat vary substantially from one end of the state to the other — from September 1 in the extreme northwest to October 1 in the southeast tip — and have been proven and verified through years of research and farmer experience.
Some growers in western Nebraska had their best winter wheat yields ever in 2017 while others had some of their lowest yields. Moisture availability and disease were among the factors. See breakdowns by area.
Even when you plan to seed winter wheat at the optimum time, there is always the chance that weather, equipment breakdown, or other problems may prevent it. To avoid the risk, many growers seed early, knowing that if they're delayed a little, it will still be near the optimum time. Planting early, however, is usually a bad practice that can lead to lower yields.
Now in its third year of wheat research and variety trials, the Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center near Grant conducts research on rainfed production in western Nebraska. While the 2017 trial was badly damaged by hail, this recap looks at yield trends from all three years.
Nebraska Extension educators and specialists would like to hear from growers and agribusiness about their experiences with dicamba this season. Information can be shared via an online survey or by contacting them directly with the email provided.
Drought conditions across much of Nebraska will limit grain yields in dryland corn this year, leading growers to look at other options for harvesting value from these fields. In some cases, harvesting this plant material may contribute to nutrient and water removal from the soil and may not be the best solution for your rotation or cropping system.
A strategy combining well-timed herbicide applications, split treatments, and effective cultural practices is key to managing weeds in wheat to reduce soil moisture loss and the weed seed bank. This story addresses what to consider as well as particular weed challenges in wheat.