First hollow stem is the optimal time to remove cattle from wheat pasture (full explanation). To monitor first hollow stem, we measure hollow stem for the 56 lines in our September-sown wheat forage plots at Stillwater each year. In spite of the recent cold snap many varieties are progressing towards first hollow stem. The small grains extension crew split ten stems from lines tested in our program today and KanMark, Sy Southwind and Greer join the list of varieties at or past first hollow stem. Full results are posted in the table below. Varieties with no value for first hollow stem reached first hollow stem on a previous measurement date.
We will take another set of measurements later this week and report the results on this blog. Given the warm forecast for the coming week, I predict that all varieties will be well past first hollow stem by Friday. You can check progression of first hollow stem around the state by using the First Hollow Stem Advisor on the Oklahoma Mesonet site.
|First hollow stem measured in wheat sown 09/16/2014 at Stillwater, OK. Varieties with ‘-‘ reached first hollow stem on a previous measurement date|
|Variety||cm of hollow stem 03/09/15|
|Doublestop CL Plus||0.6|
|Brawl CL Plus||–|