Wheat Field

It's Time to Make a Stand

We've rounded up our top three considerations to help you boost your wheat from the start!

1. Start Clean

Planting into a weedy field immediately puts your crop at a disadvantage, as new seedlings are forced to compete for nutrients, space and sunlight. Controlling grass weeds is incredibly difficult in the spring if they’ve overwintered. Put a herbicide plan in place to stay clean all year and maximize your herbicide options.
2. Plant with Purpose
It’s important to properly prepare the seed bed based on your tillage practice. If tilling, we recommend mixing the soil to prepare a firm soil foundation. In no-till situations, set the drill or planter to adequately place and cover the seed.  We suggest putting out between 1.4 and 1.8 million seeds per acre, planted at a depth of 1.5 inches. Seeds placed shallower than that may result in uneven emergence, while seeds planted deeper risk premature leaf opening. Lastly, using certified seed helps you better anticipate your crops performance, since you know exactly what you’re getting. Advantages of using high quality include higher germination percentages and increased vigor, plus, it’s clean and free of foreign materials and defective kernels.
3. Protect Your Seed Investment
It’s been cold and wet across nearly all of our territory, so if there was ever a year to treat your seed, it’s this one! Warden® Cereals II is our pick to deliver comprehensive protection. It’s made up of three fungicides with three different modes of action to provide broad- spectrum disease control.  In addition, Ascend®  plant growth regulator adds another layer of protection, providing better germination, quicker emergence, and larger above- and below-ground growth than untreated seed.
With wheat prices on the rise, it’s time to manage your crop like you mean it. For more information about specific products, or recommendations, give your local Mid-West Fertilizer agronomist a call today!