Winter wheat is an important crop for Tennessee; during the 2013 season the crop was planted on 640,000 acres with an average yield of 71 bushels per acre and an estimated value of production in excess of $265 million (USDA-NASS, 2013). Serving as the main winter-grown crop for the state, wheat provides producers with an early-summer cash flow and allows many to utilize ground which would otherwise remain fallow through the winter months. Additionally, wheat is also commonly planted as a winter cover crop and in wildlife food plots. The Tennessee climate is most conducive for production of high-quality, low-protein, soft-red winter wheat and most soft-red varieties commonly grown within the state have adequate winter-hardiness to survive normal winter temperatures.
To find out more about current University of Tennessee Wheat Research and/or Recommendations for TN, click one of the topics on the menu to the left side of the scree, choose from the quick-link resources listed below, or contact UT’s Small Grain Specialist for additional information.
Quick Link Resources
- 2019 Wheat Performance Trial Results
- TN Wheat Quick Facts (W321)
- Managing Wheat for Top Yields and Grain Quality Presentation by Dr. Tyson Raper at the 2015 Middle TN Grain Conference
- Variety Considerations for Food Plots
- Wheat Production Guide (PB576)
- Fertility Guidelines
- Seed Treatments for Disease/Insect Control
- UT Soil Test Lab