Winter Wheat, Triticum aestivum v. Warthog can be grown as a cash crop but also provides excellent benefits as a winter grown cover crop. It is considered a nutrient catch crop and as such it enhances the cycling of N-P-K. When planted in autumn, this wheat does not need fertilizing in fall or spring.
Winter Wheat mixes well with small grains and legumes – consider Hairy Vetch. Use it as a nurse crop for frostseeding of red clover. Frostseeding uses the action of winter precipitation to drive seed into the soil once it has been disbursed lightly onto the soil. Frostseeding works best in areas with sufficient rainfall to drive the seed into the soil.
Plant in late September or early October.
- Prevents soil erosion.
- Suppresses weeds.
- Add organic matter to the soil.
Approximate Yields..…… 70 – 150 pounds per acre (when managed as a cash crop)
Days to maturity..…………200 – 240 Days.
Difficulty……………………Easy. Fast growing.
- Seed at 2 – 3 lbs. per 1000 square feet
- Seed at 100 – 120 lbs per acre
Plant alone or use as a nurse crop for red clover. Winter Wheat can be successfully mixed with small grains or legumes.
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