When is the perfect time to put nitrogen out on winter wheat?

If we get conditions where temperatures drop far enough below freezing at night, the soil will support ground application equipment until mid morning.  That way nitrogen is getting on early before much growth occurs.  Waiting until soils have warmed up risk having conditions too wet to allow traffic.  Early nitrogen is very important to encourage tillering of winter injured wheat or poor stands.

Establishment of red clover cover crops is improved with this frost-seeding approach.  Co-application of clover seed with nitrogen has been a successful practice in Ontario and when moist weather follows wheat harvest and can produce considerable nitrogen credits.  Details at:  http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/soilwater/nutrient/fnm02s02.html  

Answer supplied by John Heard, MAFRI Crop Nutrition Specialist

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My winter wheat has been seeded for awhile and is showing no signs of emerging. Should I be concerned?

The continuing dry conditions across Manitoba have many producers concerned about their winter wheat crop.   In Fall of 2011, some areas of Manitoba experienced similiar dry conditions.  There were questions surrounding winter wheat not emerging and its impact to the crop, as well in the Spring of 2012 on spring germinating winter wheat.  The following articles were written to address those questions and can be found on MAFRD’s website using the following links.

What Happens if my Winter Wheat did not Emerge?http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/production/what-happens-if-my-winter-wheat-did-not-emerge-.html

Spring Germinating Winter Wheat:   http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/production/spring-germinating-winter-wheat.html

Submitted by:  Pam de Rocquigny, Provincial Cereal Crops Specialist, MAFRD

 

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