Alabama: 17 Practices for Achieving High Wheat Yields
The Alabama Cooperative Extension offers these 17 practices for achieving high wheat yields:
- Plant high quality seed
- Use a grain drill to plant
- Use deep tillage to disrupt hard pans
- Plant during the recommended planting dates
- Plant high yielding, pest resistant and well adapted varieties for your area
- Plant the appropriate number of seeds per acre
- Plant at the proper depth
- Develop a good strategy to control weeds
- Soil test and fertilize
- Apply nitrogen in the fall to encourage tiller production
- Topdress with Nitrogen in a timely manner
- Tissue test and monitor for nutrient deficiencies
- Control aphids and scout for insect pests
- Protect against disease
- Consider a plant growth regulator if lodging is a concern
- Use tramlines
- Harvest wheat as early as possible
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