Preparing Unseeded Acres for Winter Wheat

Producers that have been unable to seed an annual crop this spring due to excess moisture conditions may want to consider preparing a portion of their land for winter wheat seeding this fall.

The key to successful winter wheat production is winter survival. The most successful management factor to help ensure winter survival is seeding into standing stubble that will catch and hold snow.  This is something that was evident the spring of 2014 where generally winter wheat seeded into good standing stubble survived the winter better than those fields that had poor stubble and therefore poor snow catch.

The following article was originally written by John Heard, Crop Nutrition Specialist with MAFRD in 2005, then updated in 2011 and now again in 2014.

Preparing Unseeded Acres for Winter Wheat Seeding – July 2014

For additional information on winter wheat production, visit MAFRD’s website at

Submitted by: Pam de Rocquigny, MAFRD Cereal Crops Specialist

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