Planting Time Lays Foundation for Good Wheat Harvest

Extension agronomist offers tips on getting the best stand, fall development for next year's wheat crop

Published on: Sep 1, 2010
The best time to work for good yields in wheat fields next summer is now, says Kansas State University research and extension agronomist Jim Shryoer.

Getting a good stand of wheat with strong root and tiller development in the fall and winter provides the foundation for a good harvest, he said.

In the Extension Agronomy e-Update, available at, Shroyer advises that the best practices to ensure effective planting include proper tractor speed of 5 to 6 miles per hour, uniform seeding at about 1.5 inches, good closing with adequate down pressure, planting around the Hessian fly-free date, and making sure the seedlings have adequate nitrogen.

He also advises using a seed treatment, and adjusting nitrogen levels when planting into row crop stubble.