Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Weather dependent we are rapidly approaching jointing in southern WI so be cautious if you intend to apply 2,4-D for weed control.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The last two days have lead to some very interesting findings in our wheat research plots at
One advantage of the winterkill this year for our program will be an assessment of variety tolerance to winterkill. In our variety trial we saw a range of 0 to 60% winterkill. This information will be reported in our 2008 Winter Wheat Variety Trials Results.
The wheat that survived (most of our research was unaffected by the winterkill) has a very good yield potential at this point in the season. Wheat planted on 9/28/07 has a tremendous tiller count. We averaged 7 tillers per plant with excellent stands. This would equate to a Feekes growth stage 3 or Zadoks growth stage 15 (five leaves unfolded) 27 (main shoot and 7 tillers). The delays in N application due to weather may prove beneficial to most WI wheat growers because our tiller counts are so high. Early N on these stands would promote lush growth on the main stem and tillers and would likely lead to higher disease incidence in this dense canopy.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
We have a limited number of these free kits available and will furnish them on a first come - first served basis at up to four per farm. Crop consultants, advisors, and crop input retailers are encouraged to request kits for their client’s farms. Each kit has a bag and a prepaid mailer for one soil sample, which should represent about 10-15 acres. Both the postage and lab fees are prepaid. Anytime before, during, or right after the growing season are great times to collect soil samples for routine soil fertility analysis and for SCN monitoring.
Soil sample test kits are available now and can be requested from
For more information on SCN testing and management practices to help reduce the losses from this pest, please contact: Shawn Conley: email@example.com; 608-262-7975