MSU wheat performance results widely variable

A wheat extension specialist says results of high management trials are surprising given the lack of moisture.

Dennis Pennington is with Michigan State University.

“We had nearly a record number of days in many locations across the state with like zero or no measurable rainfall and so they were expecting to go to the field and have just a disaster in terms of yield,” he shares.  “However, everybody that I’ve talked to was pleasantly surprised.”

He tells Brownfield high management wheat saw up to 27-bushel gains when compared to conventional practices.

“When you look at our variety trial report, the average of the Sanilac location was just about the highest that we’ve ever had,” he says.  “We actually had one plot in that trial go 145-bushel yield.”

The 2023 MSU Performance Trials tested nearly 70 wheat varieties in eight locations across the state.

Pennington recommends farmers compare results closest to their location and soil types.

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