A Few Basics to Wheat Scouting
Wheat scouting allows you to estimate yields for the year. The activity also lets you examine fields for early season diseases like stripe rust. Doing so allows you to implement remedies before diseases develop into levels that are damaging.
“Tools” for Wheat Scouting
You will need a couple of things to scout wheat fields to get a yield estimate. Spending money isn't necessary because these items are easily found:
- a yard stick or a ruler
- a pen or pencil
- a notepad or any writing material
- a calculator (calculator apps on smartphones will do)
There are some optional tools for more in-depth examination of wheat fields:
- a pocket knife – for opening up the crops to examine the head
- a camera – to get an overall view of the wheat field (the camera on smartphones will work fine)
Wheat Scouting Steps
Examine the overall condition of the field
As you inspect the wheat, take note if you see weeds or notice an odd color. You also have to check for uniformity and bare patches. In addition, you should also take note of how thin or thick the canopy is.
Measure the height of wheat plants
There are estimates for how tall a wheat plant should be at a particular time during the growing season. A really short plant late into the season reveals a difficult harvest.
Inspect the wheat head
Count the spikelets present. Positives can be taken if there are 12 or more spikelets in a row. On the other hand, if no heads have emerged, you can check the node and reveal the head using your pocket knife. The head should be green and soft to indicate good health.
Jot down the distance between wheat rows
Use your stick or ruler for this and list in inches.
Get a count of the number of stalks per foot
Record the data.
Calculate the yield
Wheat scouting allows you to get yield estimates, which is useful in determining delivery estimates and planning requirements for storage and harvest. But before planting crops, you can turn to custom agronomics for more economically viable outcomes.
With custom agronomics, you will learn how to make the best use of your land and just how much fertilizer to use to produce a financially beneficial yield. Agronomists can help you improve farm management practices to ensure not only a better yield but also reduce impact on the environment.
Custom agronomics blends science and technology to deliver positive gains for both farmer and the environment. Knowing what impacts crop production allows the creation of plans that produce desired results each harvest season.
Wheat scouting will still be a valuable asset even with the aid of custom agronomics. Fields still need to be inspected to spot potential issues before they get worse.
Precision Agronomics is able to provide the customized agronomy services you need to produce desired wheat yields. Get in touch with us today to learn more.
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