Robert Klein - Emeritus Extension Professor

Robert Klein West Central Research and Extension Center
402 W State Farm Rd
North Platte NE 69101-7751
308-696-6705
robert.klein@unl.edu


Planting wheat

Planting Winter Wheat in Severe Drought: What are the Options?

September 7, 2022
Nebraska Extension educators outline options for seeding wheat with regard to soil moisture and precipitation, crop residue, soil type and other considerations.

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Short, thin wheat stands 2022

Weed Control in Wheat Stubble Will Be Difficult This Year

June 13, 2022
With shorter and thinner wheat this year, weed emergence and growth will be accelerated, making it essential to closely watch for weed developments and spray at the proper time noted on the label to achieve maximum control.

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Virus infected wheat
Figure 1. The wheat-mite-virus complex has extreme potential to impact yield the following year if high risk volunteer wheat situations are not managed well. (Photo by Gary Hein)

Results of Not Controlling Volunteer Wheat in Wheat Stubble — Soil Water Loss and Disease

June 29, 2021
Volunteer wheat can provide the summer "green bridge" for the disease wheat streak mosaic and other virus diseases, as well as soil water loss that could translate into a substantial decrease in yields the following year.

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Sprayer nozzles

Using the 'Guide for Weed, Disease and Insect Management in Nebraska' (EC-130) for Information on Post Herbicide Application

May 26, 2021
This article reviews topics listed in the 2021 Weed Guide on Pesticide Application.

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soybean showing Dicamba injury

USEPA Approves Three Dicamba Products for Five Years

October 29, 2020
On Oct 27, 2020, The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) announced a new 5-year registration for XtendiMax® and Engenia, and re-registered Tavium (a premix of dicamba and S-metolachlor).

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Seedling wheat field

Determining the Seeding Rate for Winter Wheat

September 2, 2020
Determining an optimum winter wheat seeding rate for your location depends on several factors. The seeding rate table and information here can help you determine a recommended rate and how to adjust it for various conditions.

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corn planted folllowing wheat
Corn planted in winter wheat stubble.

Winter Wheat Economics in Nebraska

September 1, 2020
Including winter wheat in the cropping system does not appear to be a profitable decision when one only examines the production costs and expected returns. Generally, there are additional production and economic benefits (35 to 100 bushels per acre increase in corn or grain sorghum yield) that should be considered.

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aerial view of wheat trial field
Figure 1. 2020 Areal image of spring wheat demo plot at Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center near Grant, NE.

Spring Wheat Research in Western Nebraska

August 13, 2020
Many farmers view spring wheat as a rotational crop with a purpose to break the weed and pest cycles, build up the residue cover and increase yield of corn the following years.

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