19 December 2000
Late-drilled winter wheat
CURRENTLY, we have no winter wheat drilled. However, we have the seed on hand, the variety being Claire.
What would be the latest date for drilling, as I dont particularly want to spend 350 on a tonne of spring cereal seed.
MANY growers and consultants are expecting to drill to the end of February with winter wheat.
There will, of course, be a yield penalty but, with wheat prices moving up at the moment, it is probably a better economic prospect than putting into set-aside or drilling a spring crop instead.
You can, of course, hold some of your seed over for a year and in the latest issue of Crops (16 December) we give some tips on how to do that on the Last Word page.