seeding rates, dryland wheat, western Kansas wheat


Four winter wheat varieties (PlainsGold Byrd, Limagrain T158, Syngenta TAM 111, and WestBred Winterhawk) were planted at five seeding rates (30, 45, 60, 75, and 90 lb/a) in the fall of 2014, 2015, and 2016 at Colby, Garden City, and Tribune, KS. The objective of the study is to identify appropriate seeding rates for dryland winter wheat in western Kansas. Averaged across varieties, a seeding rate of 60 lb/a seemed to be adequate at all locations in 2015. However, with higher yields in 2016, a higher seed­ing rate (75 lb/a) was beneficial. Although yields were less in 2017 than 2016, a seeding rate of 75 lb/a generally produced the highest yields. The wheat variety T158 was the highest yielding (or in the highest group) at all locations in 2015. Other varieties may have been affected by differential response to stripe rust and winter injury resulting in lower yields. In 2016, the highest yielding variety varied by location. TAM 114 was in the highest yielding variety at each location in 2017. Variety selection and growing season appears to have more effect on wheat yields than seeding rate.


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