Category Archives: Wheat

2024 County Standardized Trials-Wheat data

This year’s County Standardized Trials, Wheat Program tested 23 varieties of Soft Red Winter Wheat in 10 locations.  Seven of those locations where used to compile our variety recommendations for the 2024 fall planting.  Over all, yields across varieties and locations averaged just over 76 bu/ac, with an average of 10.4% moisture and 55.1 lb testweight.

Thank you to all the producer who put these trials out and the County Agents who organized and oversee these variety plots.  Also, a special thanks to our cooperating companies who supply seed and genetics to test in our environment.  Wheat yields have increased dramatically over the years, better genetics and breeding programs along with state and local testing are proving to add weight to the combine and increase profits for wheat growers in TN.

If you are interested in having a County Standardized Trial (Corn, Soy, Cotton, Wheat) on your farm, contact your local County Extension office for more details.

This Fall, contact your seed suppliers and request  wheat seed from the list above with confidence from our unbias variety testing program.

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Wheat Disease Update – Know Your Risk for Scab

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Most wheat in Tennessee is in the flowering period, the highest period for susceptibility to scab/FHB infection. There are multiple factors that can contribute to a field’s Scab/FHB risk.

Image 1. Wheat in bloom. When ~50% heads have blooms that just began is optimal fungicide timing for head scab management.

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Wheat Disease Update and Fungicide Options

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As wheat is approaching flag leaf stage in Tennessee, start scouting if you haven’t already for disease. Depending on variety susceptibility you may already see powdery mildew and/or wheat blotch (Septoria and/or Stagonospora blotch); but if no disease present start considering Fusarium Head Blight management. Continue reading

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Fall Application Ryegrass Control

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Corn in a ryegrass field

Ryegrass has become a serous weed issue in some fields that past couple of years.  A major reason for this is that much of it is now glyphosate-resistant.  Even if clethodim is used rather than glyphosate often it is applied on ryegrass sometime in late March through April when the grass is too well established to provide consistent control. Continue reading

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Ryegrass and Poa Management in Wheat

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The two best fall-applied options for ryegrass and poa in wheat are Anthem Flex and Zidua.  Pyroxasulfone is providing the grass control in both these herbicides.   Anthem Flex can be applied as a true PRE right behind the press wheel.  Keep in mind there is some chance of wheat injury from this new use pattern if a rain occurs shortly after planting.  As such, if rain is in the forecast wait and apply it later as a delayed PRE or early POST. Continue reading

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2023 Wheat Official Variety Trial Results

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The results of the 2023 Official Variety Trials; Wheat are in.  This information will be available on our variety testing site search.utcrops.com soon and can also be accessed through your local County Extension Office.

Click on the tables below to open as a PDF.  You may then zoom in to better see the results.

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2023 County Standardized Trials-Wheat Data

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In fall of ’22, we planted 21 wheat varieties from 7 companies in 8 county trials, and the yield results in.  Very good yields again this year, especially with early concerns from some delayed planting last fall combined with a wet spring and late freeze that hit much of TN.  The varieties we are planting in TN are much better than what we had just a decade ago!  These varieties have been selected to be more suitable to our wetter climate and our yields seem to be more stable and predictable based on management and inputs.

With our 21 varieties at 8 locations, we had an overall average of over 92 bu/ac, with location averages ranging from 136 to 61 bu/ac.

All CST’s are: on-farm, large strip trials and are managed and maintained by each county’s cooperating  producer/s.  Thank you to all the County Agents and growers who contributed to this data.

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