Wheat

Wheat variety trials
Winter wheat variety trials are conducted across the state to evaluate yield, protein, and weight of different varieties under different conditions.

2018 Nebraska Variety Testing Summary and Fall Seed Guide August 30, 2018

This summary looks at lessons learned from the 2018 wheat variety trials (some sites garnered excellent yields) and how to use data from multiple trials to aid seed selection for the 2019 crop.

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A field of lodged wheat with an inset photo showing wheat stubs where the wheat stem sawfly overwinters.
Figure 1. Wheat lodging due to wheat stem sawfly. Figure 2 (inset). Wheat stubs remaining in field after sawfly feeding. The sawfly will overwinter in the stub and leave the plant in the spring.

Increased Wheat Stem Sawfly Populations In 2018 August 30, 2018

One of the newest challenges to wheat growers is the wheat stem sawfly, which can girdle stems, causing lodging and yield losses. University research may offer a clue to new control practices.

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Comparison of two wheat research plots near Scottsbluff. On the left is an untreated control plot with a heavy infestation of downy brome and feral rye. On the right the same population of grassy weeds was treated with Aggressor herbicide, part of the CoAXium Wheat Production System.
Figure 1. Comparison of two wheat research plots near Scottsbluff. On the left is an untreated control plot with a heavy infestation of downy brome and feral rye. On the right the same population of grassy weeds was treated with Aggressor herbicide, part of the CoAXium Wheat Production System.

CoAXium™ Wheat Production System and Aggressor™ Herbicide for Controlling Grassy Weeds August 30, 2018

A new herbicide-tolerant wheat production system was officially unveiled in 2018 and offers growers a new means to control grassy annual weeds in wheat.

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Stinking smut (left) and loose smut of winter wheat
Fungal diseases of wheat include stinking smut (left, Figure 1) and loose smut (right, Figure 2). (Photos by Stephen Wegulo)

Should I Plant Treated Wheat Seed? August 29, 2018

Using clean, certified, treated winter wheat seed optimizes the chances of obtaining high yields. Seed-transmitted diseases and fall insects can reduce grain yield as well as quality next summer.

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Image of a partial wheat crop budget

Using Wheat Crop Budgets to Assist Decision Making August 29, 2018

Nebraska Extension has published seven wheat production budgets to help growers identify total costs under different scenarios as well as potential opportunities for trimming costs.

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Dr. P. Stephen Baenziger speaking at a wheat variety trial field day at the High Plains Ag Lab near Sidney in 2018.
Dr. P. Stephen Baenziger speaking at a wheat variety trial field day at the High Plains Ag Lab near Sidney in 2018.

Update on Wheat Varieties for Nebraska: 2018 was an Unusual Year August 29, 2018

Results from the 2018 wheat variety trials show performance leaders in each of four districts across the state.

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Uncontrolled Russian thistle in seeded winter wheat field.
Uncontrolled Russian thistle in seeded winter wheat field.

Fall Strategies for Weed Control in Winter Wheat August 29, 2018

Managing weeds at least two weeks prior to planting winter wheat and then controlling winter annuals this fall are important to reducing disease, saving soil moisture, and achieving top yields next summer.

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The first year of a winter wheat seeding date study was conducted in this Panhandle field in 2018.
Figure 1. The first year of a winter wheat seeding date study was conducted in this Panhandle field in 2018.

Wheat Seeding Date Impacts Yield August 29, 2018

Wheat seeding date affects multiple factors contributing to wheat yield. While there's no perfect date for all conditions, these recommended dates have been proven and verified.

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