Planting Depth for a Wheat Seed

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Planting Depth for a Wheat Seed
Plant wheat seeds at the proper depth to ensure a good harvest. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Wheat seeds need a firm seedbed that ensures good seed-to-soil contact and plenty of moisture for seed germination. The quality of the wheat crop depends on uniform spacing and depth.


Space the wheat rows 6 to 16 inches apart. Narrow rows are subject to less soil erosion and weed growth. Closely planted wheat holds the soil in place and shades out growing weeds. Wider rows allow deeper planting of the wheat seeds.


The planting depth of the wheat seeds is important; it's determined by the type of soil in the growing area. Medium- to fine-textured soil calls for a planting depth of 1 to 1 1/2 inches. Plant the wheat seed 2 inches deep in coarse soil. Cover the seeds with soil right away to prevent them from drying out.


Do not plant the wheat seeds deeper than 3 inches since this affects the emergence of seedlings. Once those seedlings germinate, the sprouts lose their vigour before they reach the surface. The seedlings that do emerge are weak and susceptible to plant diseases.

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