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Proper No-till Wheat Seeding Rates

Keith Balderson (thbalder@vt.edu), Extension Agent, Crop & Soil Sciences, Essex County

With the adoption of no-tillage wheat, wheat seeding rates have increased in comparison to conventional tillage methods.  In some cases, producers are seeding 3 bushels per acre or more.  What are the optimum seeding rates for no-tillage wheat?

First, remember to plant seed according to seeds per row foot or seeds per acre rather than pounds per acre.  A harvest goal for wheat is 60-70 heads per square foot with an average of 30 seeds per head.  Seventy heads per square foot is just over 3 million heads per acre!  So, how many emerged plants does it take to get 3 million heads of wheat per acre? Continue reading

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