Solid Advice For No-Tilling Wheat

Continuous wheat, selecting wheat varieties, controlling kochia in chemical fallow situations and buying no-till air drills were on the minds of readers this summer.

In recent weeks, a number of questions and answers concerning no-till wheat have popped up on the No-Till Farmer Web site’s Online Forum. This highly popular exchange of ideas is located at www.no-tillfarmer.com and offers plenty of valuable information on all aspects of no-tilling.

No-Till Wheat On Wheat

I’m planning to no-till wheat into wheat stubble and am wondering if this will work. What do I need to watch for? Would it be better to burn the old wheat stubble? I no-till in southeastern Kansas in an upland marginal soil.

— Mark, blackburn@mail.rinews.com

We usually don’t no-till wheat back into wheat in Ohio due to Take-All disease problems. No-till wheat is my most difficult crop because soil temperatures at planting time are going down instead of up. So some tillage helps get the crop established quicker and easier. But I know you have different soil moisture, soil types, types of wheat and the problems that come with it in Kansas compared to Ohio.

See what others in your area of Kansas are doing. But if you’re sure no-till wheat will work and know what you want to accomplish, give it a try on some acres.

We use T-22 biological fungicide on everything that we plant and it gives us a 12 bushel per acre increase with wheat in Ohio. With wheat after wheat, it would give you an even higher yield increase due to the increased disease pressure.

—Ed Winkle, ffa@voyager,net

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Frank Lessiter

Frank Lessiter has served as editor of No-Till Farmer since the publication was launched in November of 1972. Raised on a six-generation Michigan Centennial Farm, he has spent his entire career in agricultural journalism. Lessiter is a dairy science graduate from Michigan State University.

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