First Hollow Stem and Jointing

First Hollow Stem and Jointing


I found first hollow stem today in early October planted, ungrazed, Billings wheat.  This field has looked good all winter and has not “lacked” for inputs.  I suspect I could have found “FHS” a couple of days earlier and in some earlier planted and maturing varieties as well. You can judge your field accordingly.

This first hollow stem is of course a signal that economically it is time to take cattle off of wheat. It also means jointing is not far behind. I have not found jointing yet. This is important in that some chemicals need to stop being applied at joint such as the “cheat sprays” , 24D's, Dicambas, as well as Beyond for the Clearfield systems. As time goes by you should monitor your crop for jointing.

You can find joint by running your fingers along the lower stem and feel for the swollen node.



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