Getting better at growing wheat: Minnesota researchers work with farmers
3 Jul 2018
Crow Wing County
RED LAKE FALLS, Minn. — Minnesota farmers are good at growing wheat; they've been doing it since the early 1850s. But there's always more to learn, and Minnesota Wheat is helping farmers do so.
"We hear from growers about their concerns and gear our trials to that," Lauren Prouix says. She and Melissa Geiszler are the Minnesota Wheat On-Farm Research Network's on-farm research coordinators
The grower-funded network, driven by farmers and using topics selected by them, conducts research on large plots and works on the conservation, fertility management, quality and profitability of wheat production in Minnesota.
Slated for study this crop season: seeding rate trials, top-dressing nitrogen, a variable rate nitrogen protein analysis, whether adding sulfur is helpful, a fungicide trial and whether plant growth regulators can help wheat plants' standability, Prouix and Geiszler say.
They expect to work with about 30 farmers on 40 to 50 fields. Many of the farmers will be in northwest Minnesota, where the state's wheat production is concentrated, but Geiszler and Prouix will work with producers elsewhere in the state, too.