Why is wheat heading out so early this year? Last year it greened up early...

Asked May 1, 2017, 8:39 PM EDT

Why is wheat heading out so early this year? Last year it greened up early and didn't head out this early. I used the same fertilizer as last year but was applied 3 weeks after last year. Just curious why.

Seneca County Ohio field crops wheat

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Your observations fit those from across the state with most indicating wheat in their area is 2 weeks ahead of 2016. The primary reason is the growing degree days are ahead of year ago accumulations by 100 GDD The chart is from our NW Research Station. Yesterday in NW Ohio, I was seeing wheat growth stages of GS 7 (2 node) to GS 10 (Boot). The wheat pictured is in GS10 and will shortly be in GS 10.1.