In The News
Click on the link to see Randy's cultural practices on his award winning beans, along with the other winners from 2016
An appreciable number of wheat fields are showing significant damage from the March two night freeze event. From the windshield, many fields appear to have little or no damage, but our consultants continue to evaluate and find evidence to the contrary. However, one must consider geography, field topography, the planting date and the variety of the wheat when further assessing the freeze damage. Brown and or yellow, aborted tillers and brown stems were evident when samples were collected earlier this week. We began by separating the tillers to observe the stems and wheat heads individually. We found numerous plants dead, some still in the boot, fully emerged heads and some heads were even pollinating. Fungicide timings will vary because of the staggered stages of the wheat development. When you scroll through the images, you will see examples of this, as well as other examples. The numbers next to the captions below correspond to the number in the bottom right hand corner of each image.
101 - These are the two samples with washed roots we dug from a wheat field having freeze damage.
102 - The smaller sample was approximately 5 inches of row. Notice the height difference between the primary and secondary tillers. Among the secondary tillers are dead tillers.
103 - After washing the roots, we were able to examine the base of the stems more thoroughly.
104 - To see the dead tillers more easily, we spread the plants out. Here, the three different levels of growth are more distinct.
105 - The red circles are pointing out plants splitting the boot.
106 - Notice the pollen on the florets? Some of the wheat has began pollinating.
107 - Here are just a few of the many dead tillers we found.
108 - A closer look at a dead tiller.
109 - Again, a closer look at dead tillers.
110 - A look at the dead tillers side by side. Some are unquestionably dead, but others may look like they're alive.
111 - We cut open a few tillers to show the inside of the stem.
112 - Here is the break down of the smaller sample we collected. Out of 32 tillers in all, five were primary tillers, ten were secondary, and seventeen were dead.
Wheat Tech, Inc. is a group of independent crop consultants with over 170 years of experience. The goal of our consultants is to provide growers with an agronomically sound consulting program in South Central Kentucky, Tennessee, and the boot heel of Missouri. We specialize in intensively managed wheat, corn and soybean production utilizing our experience and backed up by our research plots.
Independent means that we do not work for any crop protectant, fertilizer or seed companies. We do not sell any inputs and our recommendations are based on experience, research data and an unbiased view of the available products.
Our consultants work directly with the grower to develop management strategies that will maximize the economic return of their crop. The service is cradle to grave in that every decision from preplant fertility to late season fungicide use must be scrutinized to determine agronomic soundness.