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  1. Author(s): Laura Lindsey

    Between planting in the fall and Feekes 4 growth stage (beginning of erect growth) in the spring, winter wheat is vulnerable to environmental stress such as freezing temperatures with limited snow cover, saturated soils, and freeze-thaw cycles that cause soil heaving. All of which may lead to substantial stand reduction.

    Issue: 2019-07
  2. Author(s): Laura Lindsey , Author(s): Pierce Paul , Author(s): Ed Lentz, CCA

    With below average temperatures and snow, wheat growth and development is slower this year compared to the previous two years. Last year, wheat in Pickaway County reached Feekes 6.0 growth stage the last week of March. Remember, exact growth stages cannot be determined by just looking at the height of the crop or based on calendar dates. Correct growth identification and knowledge of factors that affect grain yield can enhance management decisions, avoiding damage to the crop and unwarranted or ineffective applications.

    Issue: 2018-08
  3. Author(s): Laura Lindsey , Author(s): Ed Lentz, CCA

    Feekes 5 growth stage (leaf sheaths strongly erect) is a good time to evaluate winter wheat stand. Over the past two years, with funding from the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program, we evaluated the relationship between wheat stems (main stem + tillers) and yield.

    Keep in Mind:

    1. In our research, we counted the number of wheat stems which included both the main stem (main plant) and tillers. For example, in Figure 1, there are two stems.

    2. Make sure to count the number of stems in several areas of the field.

    Issue: 2018-06
  4. The OARDC Schaffter Farm located at 3240 Oil City Rd., Wooster, will be the host location for the 2017 Small Grains Field Day scheduled for Tuesday, June 13.  Registration is now being accepted for the event which runs from 9:30 am and concluding around 3:15 pm.   In addition to looking at how small grains are used as a grain crop the field day will also provide information and demonstrations about wheat quality and use in food products, small grains as cover crops, alternative forages, and how small grains fit into row cropping systems.   Participants will have the opportunity to walk thro

    Issue: 2017-14
  5. Author(s): Laura Lindsey , Author(s): Douglas Alt , Author(s): Pierce Paul

    Air temperatures dropped to an average of about 25-32 degrees on at least two nights over the last few days. Understandably, some wheat producers are concerned that these temperatures may have caused some damage to their crop. We will have to see what happens over the next few days.

    Issue: 2017-12
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