How can you put your crop in the best position to take off quickly on the way to maximum yield? You likely have a few things you do each season to make that happen.
I’ll share a few more you may consider adding to your repertoire this spring.
The biggest topic surrounding wheat greenup is often nitrogen fertilizer — how much should be put on, when should it be applied, what’s the best way to do it?
First, evaluate your stand and your potential. Next, soil test to see how much N is present. Then, make your plan. Regardless of how you apply your N, getting it into the soil and ultimately into the plant is key, and takes moisture to make that happen. Use a nitrogen stabilizer and consider adding sulfur or humic acid to the mix to try to minimize loss. Adding a micronutrient blend and some sulfur along with the N can be a big boost to tiller development and early growth.
Keep in mind that head size is determined around Feekes 5, so getting the nitrogen and other nutrients into the plant at Feekes 3 to 4 is crucial.