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Take Back Your Yield...From Flag to Finish
Up to 4 bushels are LOST for each day grain fill is cut short.
THE FINISH LINE ISN'T WHERE YOU THINK IT IS.
TAKE BACK YOUR YIELD...FROM FLAG TO FINISH.
COLFAX, Wa. – In the Pacific Northwest weather, and more specifically rain, is credited in high-yielding years and conversely blamed in low-yielding years. However, environmental analysis and prediction modeling as part of the international Maximum Wheat Yield Project indicates the potential achievable yield in the Pacific Northwest to be higher than any other high-yielding wheat region in the United States, and among the highest in the world. The main driver comes down to the PNW’s remarkable solar radiation resource (i.e. sunlight).
Capitalizing on the tremendous environmental potential of the PNW’s solar resource availability will require a fundamental shift in the thought processes for WHY we need to address flag leaf timing in the wheat crop. Today, a majority of the effort is made on the front end, or vegetative portion, of the season. In order to close the yield gap, that same effort must be put into the back half, or reproductive portion, of the season as well. Plant health fungicides in combination with the right foliar nutrition package upregulates photosynthesis and prolongs grain fill, leading to heavier grain and increased yields at the finish line.
Flag to Finish
Diving into yield components and why plant health fungicides + foliar nutrition at flag leaf could be even more important in a low rainfall year.
Heat Stress Reduction
Plant health fungicides + foliar nutrition reduce heat stress and lead to increased grain weight and YIELD.
Critical Growth Phases for Yield
Demonstrating the importance of grain fill timing through research AND real world examples.