Deep Planting

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Author: Mary E. Burrows, Bill Grey, Alan Dyer, Jeff Stein and Ned Tisserat





Seedling emergence

Key Symptoms

  • Skips or bare spots in the field
  • Slow seedling emergence
  • Excessive coleoptile elongation
  • Seedlings chlorotic


The coleoptile is the embryonic leaf that penetrates the soil so the seedling can reach the surface. Deep planting can slow emergence or cause stand establishment problems. Varieties differ in their coleoptile lengths. Early planting in warmer soils reduces the ability of the coleoptile to elongate.

Management Approaches

Plant seed at proper depth.

Portions of this presentation were taken from Diagnosing Wheat Production Problems in Kansas KSU Ag Exp Sta. publ. S-84

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