|Lodging Ripe Wheat|
Tillers and Tillering is a branching out process in many small grains like wheat. Sometimes called stooling, the branches emerge from the main stem about the time the 4th leaf emerges. Initially relying on the main stem for nutrition, tillers soon establish a system of roots and grow as identical plants, along side the main plant. A publication from UC Davis reports that primary tillers can also have tillers of their own, giving plants the potential to produce more than 50 tillers. (The whole bunch of tillers on one plant is called a stool.) Usually only two to four tillers survive to produce fertile spikes. You can see that tillers can double or quadruple the yield.
|Sonora Wheat Tillering Well|