Romulo Lollato, Extension Wheat and Forage Specialist, Kansas State University: Unlock the secrets of high yield wheat, as Extension wheat specialist Romulo Lollato updates attendees on the practices he’s learned from a multiple-year research effort!
The secret to boosting wheat yields from good to great depends on a number of factors. Weather, certainly, is one of those factors that are out of farmers’ control. Agronomic factors, however, like fertility programs, fungicide use, wheat variety and planting rate and even planting date, all need to be carefully considered when aiming for maximum yield.
At Wheat U in Wichita in August, Romulo Lollato, wheat and forage specialist at Kansas State University, indicated many growers “settle” for average yields with a basic fertility program that uses existing soil nitrogen, adding roughly 2 pounds of nitrogen per bushel of expected yield in pre-plant and topdress application. For those farmers, 70 bushels per acre is a good yield.