Wheat Production Systems - Nebraska
Like any crop, winter wheat should be grown as part of entire crop production system. Decisions made throughout the production system will impact the success of the winter wheat crop. Ecofarming is a popular production system for many winter wheat growers in Nebraska.
- Getting Started In Ecofarming: Growing the Winter Wheat Crop *PDF version (672 KB; 4 pages)
Ecofarming is a system of controlling weeds and managing crop residues throughout a crop rotation, using minimun tillage to help reduce soil erosion.
- Ecofarming: Spring Row Crop Planting and Weed Control in Winter Wheat Stubble *PDF version (696 KB; 3 pages)
Weed control, stubble management and planters for planting in winter wheat stubble.
- Managing Corn and Sorghum Residues During the Pre-Winter Wheat Fallow Period *PDF version (767 KB; 4 pages)
Maintain an appropriate residue cover with ecofarming to reduce soil erosion and conserve soil moisture.
- Choosing the Right Tillage System for Row Crop Production *PDF version (719 KB; 4 pages)
Systematically consider 19 criteria, in addition to the cost of conversion, in choosing a tillage system for your farming operation.
- Relay Cropping Offers Economic Benefits - 2003 CropWatch Article
Relay cropping is a special version of double cropping, where the second crop is planted into the first crop before harvest, rather than waiting until after harvest as in true double-cropping.
- Continuous Winter Wheat (PDF, 109 KB; 2 pages)
Seedbed and Planting
A productive wheat crop starts with a firm, moist seedbed planted at the optimum time and at an adequate seeding rate.
- Seeding Rates for Winter Wheat in Nebraska *PDF version (323 KB; 4 pages)
A review of winter wheat trials in Nebraska shows how widely the number of seeds per pound can vary within and among varieties, leading specialists to recommend a change to planting by seeds per acre rather than seeds per pound.
- Calibration of Sprayers (Also Seeders) (PDF, 651 KB; 4 pages)
Provides methods and calculations for calibrating sprayers and seeders for accurate in-field application plus a section on converting weights and measures.
- Management to Minimize and Reduce Soil Compaction
Understand how natural processes and management practices can reeduce existing soil compaction and minimize its further development.
Although grazing winter wheat is not as common in Nebraska as in the southern Great Plains, grazing can be used to lower risk from environmental stresses such as drought and hail, and economic risks associated with grain markets.
Growers can harvest wheat for grain only or they can harvest both the grain and forage. They can also harvest just the forage through “graze-out” of the crop.
- Grazing Winter Wheat in Nebraska (PDF, 140 KB; 6 pages)
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