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.
Planting certified wheat seed offers a number of advantages, often including the most recent genetics and higher yield and quality, over bin-run seed. And, when hidden costs are includes, costs for the two options can be similar.
What factors contribute to diseases in wheat and what management steps can help deter wheat disease problems. Also addressed is how to use integrated pest management to reduce threats that could rob yields.
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.
While final USDA yield numbers aren't in yet, it looks like 2017 wheat yields could rival the 2016 yields in portions of eastern Nebraska, based on state variety trials and extension educator reports. See the breakdowns by district.
The winter wheat varieties Ruth and WB-Grain were consistent top-field performers across all rainfed regions in the 2017 variety trials. Other varieties performed particularly well in individual regions. View top performers from each area and learn more about Ruth, a new variety.
The winter wheat varieties planted in eastern Nebraska today can yield upward of 140 bu/ac under good management and weather. If you haven't planted wheat in several years, consider today's advanced genetics and these other benefits from integrating wheat into your rotation.
While many growers are thinking of fall harvest, others are preparing to plant their next wheat crop. Based on information from farmers, agronomists, and researchers, outlined here are seven key steps to help ensure a successful wheat crop.
Q: Last year I didn't get good seed-to-soil contact with my wheat seeder and my stands were uneven. What should I do differently? Proper seed depth and weight on the drill are among the factors to check.
Similar to the last two wheat marketing years, 2017/18 has started with high prices at harvest that have since declined. See how some of this price decline might be recaptured by pricing grain in on-farm storage for future delivery.
Winter wheat is grown across the state, with the vast majority (82%) grown in western Nebraska. By the numbers, here's a breakdown of wheat production data gathered by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service 2009-2017.
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.
Forecasts for end-of-season corn yields improved across much of the Corn Belt since the early August forecast. View crop stage and yield forecasts as well as weather data. In Nebraska predictions are for near to above average corn yields for most sites, except northeast and northwest sites.
Silage or grain? When making the decision about harvesting drought- and hail-damaged corn, farmers should consider several factors. Calculations here can help you determine the end value for both uses.