Research indicates that 3 inches of water are saved in the soil profile when weeds are controlled in a timely manner after the winter wheat harvest. Each inch of soil water increases the yield of corn or grain sorghum by approximately 12 bushels.
Volunteer wheat can provide the summer "green bridge" for the disease wheat streak mosaic and other virus diseases. This almost always occurs as a result of wheat seed shattered from heads during hail storms.
The COVID-19 pandemic is putting limits on public face-to-face programs, but Nebraska Extension will sponsor a variety of events in mid-June to share updates on the wheat variety trials and crop and livestock research conducted by University of Nebraska-Lincoln in western Nebraska.
Some producers are concerned with the condition of their winter wheat fields this spring. At the time of seeding last fall, some areas were dry and under no-till conditions it was difficult if not impossible to seed at the recommended seeding depth.