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Evaluation of Wheat Varieties for Differences in Straw Yield Potential
Bill Bruening – University of Kentucky
Preliminary research by the University of Kentucky Small Grain Variety Testing Program has shown substantial differences in post-grain harvest straw yields among wheat varieties.
Straw is a valuable commodity for Kentucky's equine industry. Wheat straw producers maximize wheat production profitability by marketing both grain and straw. For these growers, selecting a variety with both high grain and straw yield potential is important. Wheat straw as a byproduct of grain production also has potential for cellulosic biofuel production.
Straw yield is also important for wheat growers interested in grain production exclusively. For these growers, minimizing post-harvest field residue is important. These producers would benefit from selecting a variety which has high grain and low straw yield potential.
Video: Wheat grain & straw plot havest using grain and forage research combines.