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Agronomist Jourdan Bell gives wheatlage production tips

Bell discusses seed quality and vigor along with the importance of soil testing.

Drought persists in portions of the Texas Plains as producers prepare to plant their fall wheat crop. Farm Press visited with Agronomist Jourdan Bell, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, in the sorghum field trial in Bushland about wheatlage production, optimizing profitability and field trials underway.

With increasing interest in wheatlage production, Bell says they are expanding their field trial locations. "I've received more calls about wheat silage this year than in previous years," she says.

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For the last three years, Bell and her staff have evaluated wheat for silage in trials near Dalhart. This year, trials will also be conducted at the Bushland location to provide more regional data to producers south of Amarillo,

"As we look at the silage need across this region, and the expansion of dairies, we have a gap. We need to be filling that silage gap with something and our winter forages make a good option." 

Watch this video to learn more about wheat streak mosaic virus along with the importance of seed selection and soil testing. 

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Next: Bell discusses the early cold spell and the premature defoliation of dryland crops as a result. 

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