No. 3 Article 5/April 13, 2007

Controlling Winter Wheat

The recent period of cold temperatures has taken its toll on the winter wheat crop in many areas of Illinois. Reports range from minimal to significant damage of existing stands, prompting many to consider abandoning the wheat crop in favor of corn or soybean. If the decision is made to plant corn or soybean into stands where some wheat plants remain alive, it is advisable to control them before planting either corn or soybean. Controlling existing wheat stands can be accomplished through the use of tillage, herbicides, or a combination of the two. Some considerations and suggestions that might improve overall control follow.

--Aaron Hager

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