growing winter wheat
- What was the plant stage before freezing?
It is important that your plant has a developed crown (three leaf and a tiller) before going into winter. A plant at this stage has maximum reserves and will be able to resume growth in the spring. Optimal seeding date and depth are important in seeing this stage before winter.
- What was the snow cover over the winter?
It is important that your winter wheat crop be covered in four inches of snow (light and fluffy snow is best) for the coldest part of the winter (December 22 to March 20) to buffer from extremely low air temperatures.
- Phosphate Fertility
This is an important nutrient in creating winter hardiness for winter wheat. It also helps in spring recovery of damaged plants.