The Winter Wheat study showed a 15% drop in acreage planted. And there were certainly challenges with severe winterkill and lots of rain in the spring.
That said, the study summarized: “As with any crop, variety selection is the most important factor to consider in maximizing winter wheat yield and profitability. When choosing a winter wheat variety, several factors must be considered. These include winter survival, insect and disease resistance, heading date, lodging, test weight and most importantly, yield. Since no variety is ideal for every location, it is important to understand the crop environment and pest complex that affects your specific region to maximize yield.”
The Study goes on to give greater detail about four key factors in choosing a variety—yield, test weight, specific disease resistance and plant height and lodging potential. In a very real sense, seed variety is destiny.
The in furrow starter fertilization study revealed no difference between fertilized and unfertilized furrows. However, no firm conclusions can or should be drawn on one year’s of data. So the study will be repeated in 2018.