Wheat growth metrics

Farmer Fin

Arable Farmer
What are people doing to monitor wheat as it is growing? Plant counts / tiller counts / ears etc? Brix?

I want to put a few more things in place to monitor the crop as it’s growing and I’m trying to work out what is worth while and what’s not.

I do some tissue and grain analysis already. My agronomist shows me the NDVI images but they don’t seem to show anything of use.

What is everyone else doing?


NFFN Member
North Yorkshire
Plant, tiller and ear counts give an idea, but I just judge the potential by eye really. I'll use an N Sensor to try and manage the canopy in spring but otherwise it's a combination of how it looks, what problems I see and what varietal weaknesses or strengths it has to decide the level of inputs. I've had no yield response to NDVI in the past despite years of trialling it though that was on low potential yield crops (mostly drought prone).

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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

Five nature-recovery projects spanning nearly 100,000ha across the West Midlands, Cambridgeshire, the Peak District, Norfolk and Somerset have been announced by the government and Natural England today (Thursday, May 26).

This is the equivalent in size to all 219 current National Reserves.

The aim of the projects is to deliver nature recovery at a landscape scale, helping to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change and improve public health and well-being.

All five projects will make a significant contribution towards the national delivery of the international commitment to protect at least 30% of land and...