Rains during the past two weeks have resulted in a flush of late, green tillers in the wheat over much of Kansas. This can create a problem, especially for wheat that is approaching harvest maturity. A question that usually arises when this happens is: Should I wait to start harvesting until most of the green heads have matured, or just start harvesting anyway? This question is more relevant this year in south central Kansas, where the wheat is most advanced. In these cases, producers should not delay harvest because of the green tillers. These tillers probably won’t amount to more than 5% or so of the total amount of heads in the field, and won’t add much to the final yield anyway.
Rainfall during the past three weeks has resulted in a flush of late, green tillers in the wheat over much of Kansas. Should producers wait to start harvesting until the green heads have matured? The answer depends on a few factors that are discussed in this article from K-State Wheat Specialist Romulo Lollato.