Wheat field

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

Recent CropWatch Articles

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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Wheat streak mosaic
Wheat streak mosaic

Control Volunteer Winter Wheat and Other Weeds Now to Increase and Protect 2017 Yields, Income June 23, 2016

By far, the greatest risk of losses from mite-vectored viruses occurs when there is a summer "green bridge" of volunteer wheat emerging before harvest. This almost always occurs as a result of wheat seed head shatter from hail storms (Figure 1).

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Successfully Seeding Forages Into Wheat Stubble June 10, 2016

Wheat stubble can be an excellent seedbed to plant forages into using no-till.  It may take some planning, though, to be successful.

The first and most important step of double-cropping forages after wheat harvest is establishing a good stand?  So what’s the trick to getting good stands?  Well maybe, it’s planting no-till immediately after combining the wheat.

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Wheat leaf rust
Wheat leaf rust

Wheat Disease Update June 10, 2016

A survey of wheat research plots in east central Nebraska found a variety of diseases, including severe rust on wheat and barley.

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UNL High Plains Ag Lab Field Day set for June 14 June 6, 2016

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln High Plains Ag Lab Field Day, scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, will highlight UNL research on breeding and production of dryland crops, especially field pea, forages, and wheat.

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Wheat variety plots at Stumpf 2016
Wheat variety plots at Stumpf 2016

Wheat and Field Peas Plot Tour June 15 near Grant June 3, 2016

A UNL Wheat and Field Peas Plot Tour will be Wednesday, June 15, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. MT at the Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center, 76029 Rd 329, Gran. The morning program will include featured presentations on wheat and field peas and a wheat plot tour; the field peas plot tour is scheduled in the afternoon. Register by June 13.

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