Winter wheat fits into the cropping rotation for many producers across the Canadian Prairies, which provides the opportunity for growers to realize the numerous benefits this highly-profitable crop can offer; however, in most cases, seeding operations overlap with the harvest of spring crops. To ensure time management does not become a limiting factor, experienced winter wheat producers will often have a good logistical plan in place.
Inexperienced growers who decide last minute to seed winter wheat often seed late or sacrifice important harvest days. Time is required to prepare and service seeding equipment, line up seed and fertilizer, as well as apply herbicide before seeding.
These logistical issues can easily be addressed by being proactive. Winter wheat does require a change in production practices but total farm management requires producers to be efficient.
By using this checklist one can plan, prepare, and seed successfully:
Experienced winter wheat growers that are harvesting earlier will tell you the benefits of an early harvest greatly outweigh the added work of a few hours of seeding. Organization is a key component in incorporating this profitable crop into a successful cropping rotation.
By Janine Paly