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MSU recommends maintaining wheat inputs

A wheat breeder says high-management wheat remains profitable even in a high-cost environment.

Michigan State University’s Eric Olsen tells Brownfield he recommends maintaining input levels this season.

“We’ve been finding that some genetics have canopy architectures that are responding to greater inputs, nitrogen/fungicide inputs, that are resulting in higher yields,” he says.

He also suggests farmers plant several varieties with head scab resistance to manage their disease risk and spread-out harvest windows.

Olsen says Michigan’s winter wheat crop continues to improve in drought areas and, overall, is in very good condition.

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