Harvest Time for Wheat Trials

MU Extension reports first wheat yield results in 2010-11 test program.

Published on: Jun 30, 2011

First yield reports from winter wheat harvests are coming in, according to Bill Wiebold, University of Missouri Extension agronomist.

"Variety-trial yields look good for three sites in the Missouri Bootheel," Wiebold reported. "Yields ranged from a high of 96 bushels per acre to a low of 52 bushels."

Average wheat yields were 66 bushels at Chaffee, 79 bushels at Charleston and 73 bushels at Portageville.

The Southeast Region trials contained 65 varieties of soft red winter wheat. Plots at each site are replicated and grown under similar conditions to give a fair comparison, Wiebold said.

Other plot harvests are underway. Results will be posted as soon as finished and analyzed. The remaining tests are at Adrian, Hughesville and Lamar in southwest Missouri. For north Missouri growers, results will be available from Columbia, Novelty and Trenton as the wheat ripens.

Other crop test update

The MU variety test crew will harvest corn and soybean plots this fall. Those results will be available this fall. "We had to replant several of the corn and soybean plots," Wiebold said. "We faced the same weather conditions farmers have dealt with this spring."

The testing program is supported by fees paid by companies entering seeds in the comparisons. The tests include brand-new varieties and some popular older varieties. Books with additional details on trials for each crop will be printed when all harvests are completed. The books will be available at local MU Extension offices.

The tests are conducted across the state to provide growers in different regions with local comparisons. "A grower selecting a variety should look at more than yield," Wiebold said. "Sometimes stalk strength or disease resistance may be of more importance for a particular farm. However, with the wide range in yields from different varieties, yield must be considered."


The variety testing program is a part of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Results are posted on the MU website at http://varietytesting.missouri.edu/.

Source: MU Cooperative Media Group