Gearing up for the 2020 wheat crop!

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It soon will be time for drilling the 2020 wheat crop in north central Kansas! Producers are busy preparing for the crop and are rounding up their seed along with getting the ground ready. Even though yields were very good this year, the 2019 wheat harvest was affected by severe Fusarium head blight (head scab) in some parts of Kansas, which can affect the quality of the seed for the next growing season. A direct consequence of head blight is a decrease in test weight (which is a measure of kernels’ volume weight or bulk density), as well as decrease in percent germination due to chalky, infected wheat kernels. Dr. Romulo Lollato, KSU Wheat and Forages specialist along with Dr. Erick DeWolf, KSU Extension Plant Pathologist provide some guidelines to remember for this year with your wheat.



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