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Last updated: 2019, July 14



Can wheat be sown after wheat or wheat after wheat




Answers from Dr. Oleksii Orlov, PhD in Agriculture





In regions where winter wheat provides high profits, there is a temptation to sow wheat after wheat, that is, for the second year in a row. Yes, it is possible to do it and the harvest will be possible, but sowing wheat after wheat will carry certain risks, which we will describe in this publication. In the photo, wheat harvesting using CLAAS Lexion 770 combines (CLAAS photo)


Yes, wheat can be sown after wheat or barley (or other cereals), but this carries with certain risks that you must to be prepared in advance:

  • an increase of development level of diseases and diseases will cause the more damage (especially roots, fusarium, septoria, and other diseases that are difficult to control in wheat field)

  • increasing of the pests quantity

  • weeds increasing

  • problems with cereal weed control

  • the emergence and development of cereal weeds, which are difficult to control in a wheat field

  • wheat volunteers

  • decrease in yield and grain quality

  • reduced profit from wheat production



Sowing mustard for biofumigation immediately after harvesting wheat, and then conducting biofumigation (in areas of sufficient moisture or irrigation) reduces the risks when growing wheat after wheat and other cereals. In the photo - plowing of mustard sowing with the help of a plow Gregoire Besson


The following measures will help reduce the risks:

  • quality harvesting

  • removal of straw from the field

  • sowing mustard for biofumigation immediately after harvesting wheat, and then conducting biofumigation (in areas of sufficient moisture or irrigation)

  • in case of No-Till, or Strip-Till, it is necessary to made of deep soil ripping or vertical tillage

  • in case of No-Till, it is better to take out straw or evenly distribute it across the field

  • use of CTF for reduce soil compaction during harvesting

  • sowing with quality seeds

  • sowing by another wheat variety, or wheat species - if for example you before sowed lutescens, then sow erythrospermum or durum or spelt or another disease-resistant variety lutescens

  • planting disease resistant varieties

  • good tillage

  • use of common herbicides for the treatment of weeds growing on stubble, until the time of sowing

  • in time of all agro-technical activities

  • high quality wheat seed fungicides and insecticides treatment

  • high quality wheat plant protection system

  • prophylactic insecticide application may be necessary

  • other herbicides should be used - ALS inhibitors should not be used for the second year in a row, it is recommended to use ALS inhibitors herbicides no more than once every 4 years

  • when using ALS inhibitors for the second year, it is desirable to use tank mixes with 2,4-D, dicamba or other simple herbicides to prevent the emergence of herbicide-resistant weeds

  • high-quality fertilizing system


Even with all these measures, you need to be prepared to reduce the yield of wheat by 10-15%. Therefore, think about planting not wheat after wheat, but any broadleaf crop, such as sunflower or soybeans.


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