Lionel Kaskiw, Farm Production Advisor based out of Souris submitted this photo, taken by fellow Farm Production Advisor Elmer Kaskiw (Shoal Lake), of spring germinating winter wheat. According to Lionel, this is a common site in winter wheat fields across the Southwest Region as dry conditions at seeding didn’t allow for germination to occur last fall.
There are a few key points to keep in mind when managing a crop that only germinated in the spring. The crop will not be as competitive so early weed control and early nitrogen fertilizer application will be very important. Maturity may also be delayed so producers are encouraged to scout for disease through the growing season, including rust and fusarium head blight.
For more information on winter wheat production, please contact your local Farm Production Advisor or visit MAFRI’s website at http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/production/winter-wheat.html