Growing wheat and barley, or any crop for that matter, can be very complex. Varietal selection, proper fertilization, good weed control and ability to identify and eliminate yield robbing diseases and pests are all pieces of the puzzle. Each piece requires attention to solve the whole puzzle profitable. The editors of the Small Grains website have tried to compile articles and links for you to deal with some of these problems.
Contact Your Extension Specialist -- If you have a specific production question, feel free to contact one of us for more information.
Cultivar & Genetic Information -- Variety trial data and variety recommendations, information on protected varieties and the Plant Variety Protection Act.
Disease & Disease Control -- Plant disease information, pesticide labels, crop protection references, disease guides, fungicide decision guide, pesticide storage and handling, and more.
Fertility Management -- Nutrient deficiency symptoms, best management practices for nitrogen use, fertility recommendations, yield mapping, site-specific farming information, and more.
Growth & Development -- Information on growth and development for spring wheat and barley, including growth staging and grain maturity. Also, a guide for identifying leaf stages in small grains.
Harvest & Storage Management -- Measuring physiological maturity, reducing harvest losses, stored grain management, aeration, drying, endgate sampling, and more.
Insect & Insect Control -- Pesticide labels, crop protection references, insect identification and treatment thresholds, prevention tips, scouting tips, and more.
Drainage, Irrigation and Soil Moisture -- Information on estimating soil moisture, scheduling, and irrigation scheduling with atmometers.
Marketing & Financial Management -- Farm Business Management Reports, marketing information and resources, alternative markets, value-added, farm management planning guides, crop insurance fact sheets, and more.
Production Guides and Basic Practices - General Production Handbooks, Field Guides, Crop Rotation Considerations, Seeding Operations and Seeding Rate Calculators, Double Cropping and Other Alternative Cropping Systems and more.