Keith Balderson (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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