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I’m so thankful for the much needed rain and hoping that those who kept missing the rains earlier have now received some. Last week, I spent a few days looking at winter wheat. Disked areas, loose seedbeds, places with too much residue or too little residue all contributed to winter kill and also what appeared to be winter kill 10-14 days ago. However, many of the fields had small sprigs of wheat coming through these areas, so I called Bob Klein, Extension Cropping Systems Specialist, to learn his experiences. He said these new sprigs can still make wheat (up to 2-3 tillers with no more than 15 kernels). Farmers with bare areas in these fields were considering putting on a residual herbicide to help control emerging weeds (if they aren’t planning on a cover crop after wheat) or planting oats or soybeans in bare areas and just harvesting around those areas to ensure there’s not oats in the wheat grain at harvest if going to the elevator

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