As Central Plains growers gear up for the winter wheat planting season, Mike Leetch, agronomy service manager, Syngenta, recommends planting quality certified seed varieties like those from the AgriPro® brand and using best management practices to ensure a successful start. See the reminders below for some helpful tips from Syngenta about how to Grow More Wheat this season!
Best Agronomic Tips this Season
Postpone Planting: Syngenta advises growers to delay planting until after the fly-free date in their area to help manage insect infestations, like Hessian fly, aphids vectoring barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) and fall armyworms. Early-planted wheat can serve as a host for fall insect generations that can damage any neighboring late-planted wheat.
Eliminate the Green Bridge: Growers should destroy any green residue in their fields at least two weeks before planting begins to eradicate the green bridge and break pest and disease cycles. The green bridge is where insects or mites and diseases "bridge" from living material of previous crops or weeds to newly emerging wheat, barley, oats, grasses and other fall crops. Controlling green residue will help reduce chances of WSMV, BYDV and Hessian fly.
Seize the Snow: Snow insulates and protects the crown of the winter wheat from potentially harmful winter temperatures. To best capture the snow, plant winter wheat into crop stubble. This helps insulate the crown from harsh winter winds and locks in soil moisture for the crop to use when it breaks winter dormancy.
Sound Scouting Practices: Scouting is a valuable tool for growers to manage insects and diseases in their wheat fields. However, with some pests, the damage may have already been done before the pest is found. A better alternative or option is to prevent the insects from attacking in the first place with seed treatment applications of Cruiser® insecticide and Vibrance™ Extreme fungicide seed treatments.
Seed Treatments Start Wheat Off Strong
Select the Right Seed Treatments: With seed treatments like Cruiser and Vibrance Extreme, later plantings are not as risky because the crop gets off to a uniform start with improved emergence. With Cruiser and Vibrance Extreme, protection begins the moment seeds are planted, and continues as they work systemically to protect young plants as they grow.
Take Advantage of the Cruiser Vigor Effect: The active ingredient in Cruiser, thiamethoxam, has been proven to produce healthier, more vigorous plants. This phenomenon is called the Cruiser Vigor Effect, and it has been seen on a variety of crops, resulting in faster emergence, improved plant stands, increased root mass, thicker stems, earlier canopies, taller and greener plants, improved quality and higher yield potential.
A winning combination: For the 2013 season, growers in the Central Plains can use new Vibrance Extreme seed treatment fungicide, which is fully compatible with Cruiser to protect wheat and barley seedlings from diseases and insects at the same time. This three-way formulation delivers extended protection against a broad spectrum of seedborne and soilborne diseases. Vibrance Extreme supplies cereal growers with best-in-class Rhizoctonia activity and enhanced RootingPower to help achieve optimized root health and consistent yield stability from year to year. With this winning combination, farmers can Grow More Wheat this winter.
Syngenta Crop Protection All Season Long
As spring approaches, growers should continue to implement a successful pest management plan to help increase quality and yield.
Stomp Out Stripe Rust and Septoria: Leetch urges winter wheat growers in the Central Plains to actively scout all fields for stripe rust to assess the need for a fungicide application. Applying a fungicide early can help prevent diseases like stripe rust and Septoria from taking over wheat fields. Quilt Xcel® fungicide contains the Power of Two™ active ingredients providing both curative and longer-lasting preventive disease control, as well as offers crop enhancement benefits, to maximize yield and quality.
Ward off aphids with Warrior: As the season progresses, growers should remain aware of the possibility that insects may overwinter and continue to be proactive against this threat by applying a foliar insecticide like Warrior II with Zeon Technology® in the spring. Warrior II with Zeon Technology provides excellent control of a wide range of aphids that infest wheat, as well as armyworms, cereal leaf beetle and other insects.
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