What is in this article?:
- Dry soils concern Kansas wheat farmers
- Planting decisions may affect crop
- Consider insurance deadlines
Higher seeding rate
“I recommend using higher seeding rates now because where it’s dry, the wheat may not emerge until November,” he said. “Wheat that emerges so late in the season will have fewer fall tillers than wheat that emerges in September or October, so you’ll need more plants per acre to compensate.”
The main risks to this approach include the possibility that a hard rain could crust over the soil or wash soil from the planting ridges into the seed furrows, potentially causing emergence problems, he said.
A second option is to plant more deeply than normal now, if possible into moisture, the Shroyer said. Knowing the length of the variety’s coleoptile – the protective sheath that covers the emerging shoot – is crucial, however, to deciding whether to plant deep to moisture
“This option can work if the variety to be planted has a long coleoptile, the producer is using a hoe drill, and there is good moisture within reach,” he said.
The advantage of this option is that the crop should come up and make a stand during the optimum time in fall, Shroyer said. This would keep soil from blowing.