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Determining nitrogen needs for topdressng wheat

You might think it is too early to think about fertility management for your wheat, but now is a good time to start planning for your topdressing nitrogen (N) application on your winter wheat crop.

The first task is to evaluate your wheat stand to determine the potential of your crop. This might be a rather challenging decision as some of the wheat in many fields is small due to late planting and the unusual wet conditions this fall and winter. Some key elements that need to be considered when deciding on exactly what to do include timing, N source, application method or placement and N rate.

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