Higher tiller counts in the late fall and early winter have a big impact on yield potential. Early tillering produces larger and more grains per head, which accounts for a high percentage of yield. Wheat needs to go into the winter with enough tillers to indicate good root establishment; a good rule of thumb is a minimum of 3 tillers/plant or 600 tillers/square yard.
Managing nitrogen applications is a key factor affecting tiller development and root establishment, and it’s also important to maintain the correct nitrogen to sulfur ratio. An [...]