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Irrigated Hard White Wheat: Improving Profit Margins

Effective nitrogen management is essential for producing irrigated hard white wheat with acceptable protein.

It is a 2-phased strategy; initially satisfying the N required during vegetative growth for maxiimizing yield, then later satisfying the additional N required for enhancing protein.

Providing all the N during early vegetative growth to satisfy the N required for both yield and high protein may be excessive for hard spring wheat due to lodging and other issues.

Managing N for both high yields and high protein is important to growers and end users. This publication provides a handy chart to calculate the fertilizer N needed to apply to reach expected yield and protein.

Click here to download your copy (PDF)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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Growers’ help needed to improve crop insurance
Sprout damage from heavy rains in southern and eastern Idaho at the end of the 2014 growing season made evident the inadequacy of current crop insurance for wheat growers, which is based on yields and not quality.

USDA’s Risk Management Agency has expressed a willingness to make changes to the quality standard for wheat by addressing the low falling number scale, but the agency wants to address the issue nationwide and needs strong data to support any changes.
Growers can assist the effort by providing multiple years of settlement data, at least the last six years but preferable the last 10 to 12.

RMA does not need and would prefer not to receive growers’ names, addresses and tax ID numbers.

The data must contain: the year; county and state where the crop was grown (not sold/delivered); quality of production; gross price received; net payment (gross less any dockage, but not considering any storage or shipping fees); test weight; and protein.

In addition, the agency needs at least one of the following: DON/VOM; falling number; or other quality spec of interest.
Growers are asked to send info to Blaine Jacobson at blaine@idahowheat.org.