Wheat/Oat Grower Update
In south Georgia, the chilly hours from November 12 to February 4 are behind last year, which was a record warm winter. In middle Georgia, some locations have a little higher numbers of hours than in 2012 over the same period. Some colder weather for the remainder of February and early March would be of great benefit to varieties that require a long vernalization requirement.
The above table was provided by Jerry Johnson, a UGA wheat breeder.
Growers need to be thinking about their final N applications soon. Wheat needs to have N applied 10 days prior to jointing to get maximum head length and maximum yields. We have had a few more cold hours than last year but way below normal. Wheat could be two weeks early, like last year, if we continue with the warm weather.
** Information obtained from 2013 Georgia Pest Control Handbook and Intensive Wheat Management in Georgia. As always follow label and dispose of empties properly.