Wheat Planting May Be Later than Expected

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Gary Cross
Area Agent Crops
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
Granville/Person Counties

With all the rains wheat planting is being pushed later into November. Much of this will have to do with how many tillers you will have come February. I have seen wheat planted late and do very well. When you get passed November then you take a risk of having very few tillers develop. Basically if you are planting in December you are planting for cover crop. With the planting season being drawn out make sure you have high quality seed that is treated with a fungicide if the seed lays in cold damp soil and has a low germination it will not come up. You may want to look at your seeding rate. Also make sure you have taken a soil sample and use your results to prescribe what is needed. You will need some nitrogen in the fall and the spring. Maybe 40 to 60 pounds in the fall and at least that much in the spring again or more due to how much rain we have had over the winter. If you are planting wheat behind soybeans you will get a little boost of nitrogen from soybeans but do not count on that as your fall application. There are still many acres of soybeans to get out and will be delayed due to weather. Be patient and a window of good weather will open up and most of the planting will be done.