The latest Extension information on wheat production and management practices from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Crop Growth and Development
Understanding plant development can be helpful for making management decisions. The optimum timing of fertilizer, irrigation, herbicide, insecticide, and fungicide applications are best determined by crop growth stage rather than calendar date.
The impact of various crop stresses such as frost, heat, drought, disease, insect damage, or weed competition can be more accurately predicted with a clear understanding of the relationships between crop growth stage and plant response to stress.
Major growth stages:
- Stem elongation (jointing)
- Flowering (anthesis)
- Estimating Winter Wheat Grain Yields (Nebraska Extension)
- Freeze Injury to Nebraska Wheat
- Wheat Kernel Damage (Source: Oklahoma State University)
- Plant Development--Growing Degree Days (Source: USDA)
- Tillering Patterns and Wheat Plant Stresses (Source: USDA)
Nebraska Dec. 1, 2022 Grain and Hay Stocks
January 13, 2023
As of Dec. 1, 2022, all Nebraska grain stocks were down compared to 2021, with sorghum in the largest shortfall of 52%.
Nebraska Sept. 30, 2022 Grain Stocks
October 5, 2022
Most Nebraska grain stocks were down from last year as of Sept. 1, with wheat stocks in the largest shortfall at 40% down, according to USDA NASS.
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.
USDA NASS to Collect 2022 Small Grain Production and Stocks Data
August 19, 2022
During the first two weeks of September, growers of small grains around the country will be contacted by USDA NASS to measure 2022 acreage, yield and production for small grains.
2022 Southeast Nebraska Alfalfa and Wheat Expo on Sept. 1
August 18, 2022
The second annual expo will feature extension insights on a wide array of alfalfa and winter wheat concerns — variety recommendations, underseeding red clover, cost-share programs, and research on pest, disease and irrigation management.