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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.

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Stephen Baenziger, professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will lead a three-year, $975,000 research project focused on the development of hybrid wheat. (Craig Chandler/University Communication)
Stephen Baenziger, professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will lead a three-year, $975,000 research project focused on the development of hybrid wheat. (Craig Chandler/University Communication)

New Multi-State Research on Developing Higher Yielding Hybrid Wheats December 19, 2016

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln research team has earned a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop higher yielding lines of hybrid wheat that can meet rising demand for the staple food crop.

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A number of diseases were reported in wheat this fall, indicating the potential for increased diseases next spring. The author outlines a comprehensive strategy to tackle the challenge, starting this winter.
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Wheat Disease Management Tips for 2017 December 9, 2016

A number of diseases were reported in Nebraska wheat this fall. In this article plant pathologist Stephen Wegulo outlines how to develop a comprehensive plan to tackle this yield challenge, starting with steps growers can take this winter.

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Crop Production Clinics Jan. 4-19 across Nebraska December 8, 2016

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wheat stripe rust in the Panhandle
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Stripe Rust Reports in Wheat Lead to Winter Treatment Research November 18, 2016

Reports of stripe rust in wheat continued throughout the Panhandle this week, particularly in Kimball and Banner counties. With additional sightings from central and southwest Nebraska, the disease appears to be widespread statewide this fall.

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Stripe, Stem, and Leaf Rust in Fall-Planted Wheat November 11, 2016

Stripe rust, leaf rust, and stem rust have been identified in fall planted wheat in Nebraska, extending into areas where it had previously not developed in the fall. Plant Pathologist Stephen Wegulo looks at the outbreak, conditions contributing to rust development this fall, and the economic and management issues.

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