Join the Eastern Nebraska Winter Wheat Grower Email Group

Join the Eastern Nebraska Winter Wheat Grower Email Group April 5, 2018

Eastern Nebraska winter wheat growers are invited to join a new email group, easternnewheat@listserv.unl.edu, where they can correspond with and learn from each other while getting timely news for their operation.

By subscribing, growers have the opportunity to correspond with other farmers, extension educators, extension specialists, private industry representatives, and others with interest, knowledge, and experience in managing winter wheat in our eastern Nebraska environment.

Winter wheat growing regions of Nebraska
Figure 1. The three major winter wheat growing regions of Nebraska. The eastern Nebraska growing region matches up will with USDA crop reporting districts 3, 6, and 9, with the western boundary along Highway 14. This was determined based on soil moisture regimes and native vegetation.

This is part of the Winter Wheat Works Initiative, a local Nebraska Extension effort to encourage and support growers in eastern Nebraska to move from a strict corn-soybean rotation to a successful flex-rotation where some winter wheat acres are considered each year and strategically integrated into their cropping system.

In addition, I will be sending out a weekly email that highlights resources that are timely and relevant to growing winter wheat in eastern Nebraska. The subject line in the email will be “What’s Up This Wheat?” and will cover five main areas:

  • weather,
  • media highlights,
  • economics,
  • agronomics, and
  • tips.

How to Subscribe

Send an email message to LISTSERV@UNL.EDU and in the message field type:

SUBSCRIBE easternnewheat

Do not put anything in the subject line and do not include a signature block as the listserv will try to interpret each line as a command. You can also email Nathan Mueller at nathan.mueller@unl.edu and he will add you. To view previous winter wheat emails go to http://croptechcafe.org.

Example of last week's email

“Hello All,

Starting this week, I will be sending emails called “What’s Up This Wheat (Week)?” highlighting weekly resources for growing winter wheat in Eastern Nebraska. This is part of my Winter Wheat Works Initiative.

Weather

Highlights

Economics

Agronomics

Tips

  • Wheat fields sampled in Dodge and Washington counties this fall came back low (1-4 ppm) in chloride in the 0-2 ft soil test (https://www.bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF2570.pdf). Chloride promotes plant health and disease suppression in wheat. Kansas State has shown an 8% yield increase in central and eastern Kansas with just 20 lbs of chloride applied per acre.  An early spring application of potash (44 lbs/ac) or ammonium chloride (31 lbs/ac) added to you top-dress dry nitrogen application is an effective method and timing.

— Nathan Mueller