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Wheat Planting Planning

Posted by romeethredge on November 8, 2013

We are gearing up for wheat planting this month.   UGA Extension Grain Agronomist, Dr. Dewey Lee, says we need to target 1 – 2 weeks before and 1 – 2 weeks after the average first frost date.  Planting depth should be equal to 1 – 1.5 inches.

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Seeding based on seeds per acre is much more accurate than seeding based on weight per acre. A seeding rate of 35 – 40 seeds per square foot is  desirable.   This equates to 1.2 to 1.5 million seeds per acre.  Wheat cultivars vary in seeds per pounds.  If a grower plants in bushels per acre, this difference in seeding rate can cause over-planting or under-planting one of the cultivars. For that reason, it is important to focus attention on purchasing the amount of wheat for seeding and not by bushels – but ultimately that needed to give us 30 to 35 seeds per square feet.

The table below provides appropriate seeds per row foot for various row widths. For instance, when planting on 7.5 inch row widths each linear foot of row should contain 20-25 seeds depending on germination. This should give you enough seed to  achieve the right amount of live plants per acre for high yield. If planting date is delayed, seeding rates should be increased by 15-20%.

SeedsperLinearFoot

Much of this information was taken from the 2013-2014 UGA Wheat Production Guide which can be found at http://www.caes.uga.edu/commodities/fieldcrops/gagrains/documents/2013-14WheatProductionGuide.pdf.

Thanks to Thomas County Agent, Andrew sawyer for helping compile this info. Go to his blog at http://thomascountyag.com/

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