Filling in winterkilled wheat

After potatoes, winter wheat is a good option to quickly cover the ground and use up leftover nitrogen. The problem is that there is no stubble to protect it over the winter. This year I had a field where just a little under half of the field survived. It was spread somewhat randomly all over the field. Due to the late start to the season, and the advice of Ducks Unlimited, we waited until seeding was nearly done to decide. 

By that time the winter wheat had grown very large and it seemed a shame to kill it and try to establish something new. What we did was plant a very early maturing barley (Conlon) in the killed areas.  It made for two separate applications of herbicide and irrigation decisions that meant shorting the winter wheat but its turned out well in the end.

 Barley on the left and winter wheat on the right.

Barley on the left and winter wheat on the right.

Conlon matures very fast. Today as I was checking the staging its nearly caught up to the winter wheat. This means that watering can now be maximized for both and it means the harvest will be at the same time for both.

 Winter wheat on the left and barley on the right. Both at the late milk stage.

Winter wheat on the left and barley on the right. Both at the late milk stage.