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Testing dormant wheat for life

Environmental conditions affect plant growth in many ways. Conditions that are too dry or too wet, too cold or too hot can all affect wheat production and survival. Determining whether wheat plants are alive in the spring due to adverse growing conditions should be done before spending production dollars on those acres later this spring.

Visual inspection

1. Dig 10 wheat plants from the worst spots in the field, (hilltops, driest areas, etc.).

2. Cut plants diagonally and examine inside the root/shoot areas, especially inside the crown area.

3. Healthy plants will exhibit cream or light colore...

 

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