Blogging by the Bushel
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By~ Brad Miller

With wheat planting a few weeks away and you start to plan, here are a few reminders.

Wheat should be planted 1.5 in deep.

Make sure you treat your seed with a seed treatment containing a fungicide to control seed borne diseases like fusarium, common bunt and glume blotch.  The optimum seeding rate is 1.2 to 1.6 million seeds per acre.  The following chart breaks down the Lbs. needed to obtain that goal.

Row spacing (inches) Feet of row/acre Wheat seeds/lb.
12,000 13,000 14,000 15,000 16,000 17,000 18,000

lb./ac of seed

6 87,120 131 12 112 105 98 92 87
8 65,340 98 90 84 78 76 69 65
10 52,272 78 72 67 63 59 55 52
12 43,560 65 60 56 52 49 46 44
14 37,337 56 52 48 45 42 39 37

You should apply 15 to 30 Lbs. of nitrogen at planting in some form.  For optimum production Your P level should be maintained between 25-40 ppm.  Contact your local Mercer Landmark representative for more recommendations or questions.

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