Welcome to the Winter Wheat Cafe
Positioning your farm to manage manure, control tough weeds, and improve soil health are just some of the advantages to growing winter wheat in East Central Nebraska. Current livestock producers and future poultry growers will find additional value of adding winter wheat to their farming operation.
Resources found on this page:
- Top 15 reasons to grow winter wheat and YouTube Video
- 2017 Guide for No-till Winter Wheat after Soybeans for Dodge and Washington County (View and Download)
- Seeding Rate Calculator (Download)
- History of Winter Wheat Production in East-Central Nebraska (Coming Soon)
- Digital Tour of 2017 Winter Wheat Variety Trial in Washington County (Coming Soon)
Top 15 Reasons to Grow Winter Wheat
- More flexibility to get manure applied and reduced soil compaction risk during late summer
- Added profit by growing more late summer and early fall forage crops
- You want to grow a diverse cover crop mix, best opportunity follows winter wheat.
- Added profit by utilizing or selling straw
- Improved weed control and reduced herbicide cost for marestail, waterhemp, and Palmer amaranth
- Higher soybean yields in 3-yr rotation
- Reduce soil erosion during high risk months of April-May-June, a no-till corn soybean rotation is not enough on some fields.
- Improved soil health, soil structure, and infiltration
- Better distribution of workload on the farm
- Close to local markets with a good basis, often above futures price in Fremont
- Demonstrated local success at obtaining high yields (100 bushel/ac)
- Possible higher cost share for conservation work during the months of July, August, September
- Possible higher USDA CSP ranking score for planting winter wheat
- During periods of dry years, dryland corn yield boost the following year
- More pheasants.
Listen to reasons to grow wheat other than market value:
2017 Guide for No-till Winter Wheat after Soybeans for Dodge and Washington County
Crop Tech Cafe Winter Wheat Seeding Rate Calculator
History of Winter Wheat Production in East-Central Nebraska
More information coming soon, see figures below.