Wheat field

The latest Extension information on wheat production and management practices from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Crop Growth and Development

Understanding plant development can be helpful for making management decisions. The optimum timing of fertilizer, irrigation, herbicide, insecticide, and fungicide applications are best determined by crop growth stage rather than calendar date.

The impact of various crop stresses such as frost, heat, drought, disease, insect damage, or weed competition can be more accurately predicted with a clear understanding of the relationships between crop growth stage and plant response to stress.

Major growth stages:

  • Germination
  • Seedling
  • Tillering
  • Stem elongation (jointing)
  • Booting
  • Heading
  • Flowering (anthesis)
  • Milk
  • Dough
  • Ripening

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Wheat Facts

Winter wheat is one of the major field crops grown in Nebraska, along with corn and soybean.

  • The greatest acreage of wheat planted since 2000 was 2.05 million in 2006-2007, and the lowest was 1.52 million in 2010-2011.
  • Grain production since 2000 ranged from 50.16 million bushels in 2002 to 84.28 million bushels in 2007.
  • The value of production since 2000 has ranged from $163 million in 2001 to $491 million in 2008.
  • In 2007, more than 256,000 acres were grown under irrigation in the state.
  • Nebraska is typically one of the top 10 winter wheat producing states in the U.S.
  • Production occurs mainly in the western half of Nebraska.

Related Articles

Recommended planting/seeding dates for winter wheat in Nebraska
Figure 1. Recommended planting/seeding dates for winter wheat in Nebraska

Pre-Planting Steps for Managing Winter Wheat Diseases August 4, 2016

Paying attention to these five areas before planting winter wheat can help assure a healthier crop for 2017: planting at the appropriate date, using tolerant cultivars, planting into a firm seedbed, controlling weeds and volunteer wheat, and treating seed with fungicide.

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Higher Prices for Later Delivery in Winter Wheat July 18, 2016

Large supplies and resulting differences in futures market contract prices for winter wheat could mean higher returns for winter wheat producers who price grain now for later delivery. The Kansas City Hard Red Winter Wheat market has five contract delivery months:
  • March (@KWH),
  • May (@KWK),

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