When you implement the small, incremental management practices well, they can multiply and add up to greater yields at harvest, according to Phil Needham, high-yield wheat expert.
“Fairly small things like fine-tuning our seeding and nitrogen rates can make significant contributions to crop success,” says Needham, who works with wheat growers throughout the United States and Canada.
Needham headlined the premier Farm Journal Wheat College programs earlier this week in Wichita, Kan., and Fargo, N.D. During each grower-focused event, Needham worked in conjunction with Missy Bauer, Farm Journal associate field agronomist.
Despite historic weather that bordered on blizzard conditions at times, farmer turnout at each event was enthusiastic.
“Wheat College was a very beneficial seminar on how to fertilize wheat for optimum yield results,” says Kenzie Palozewski, who farms near Fargo.
“I really liked being able to ask questions as went along, and my banker will like that I should be more profitable as a result,” adds Trevor Smieja, Belgrade, Montana.
Belgrade drove nearly 800 miles to participate in the Fargo-based program. “I would like to see something like this event in Montana sometime, maybe some hands-on training,” he notes.
In the following video, Needham shares some practical recommendations growers can implement this spring to improve the performance of their 2011 wheat crop.