With harvest going on, it is time to think about planting winter cereals.
The acreage of winter wheat and rye is increasing, which isn’t surprising due to the many benefits:
- Yield potential at least 20% higher than spring cereals;
- Higher straw yield;
- Earlier flowering and harvest than spring cereals;
- Reduced workload in the spring
- Soil protection in fall in winter
- Green fertilizer when planted as a catch crop or after another crop
- Possible to improve fields with better soil condition after harvest
Of course, field choice is the biggest determining factor for winter survival of winter wheat. It is important to choose a very level, well-drained field for good establishment of this crop. Rye is more hardy and better tolerates imperfect field conditions.