Growing Degree Day Model for the Early Growth and Development of Cereals
This heat driven early growth and development model for cereal crops is found in Early Growth and Development of Cereals (Karow, et al., 1993 ). Created jointly by Oregon State University and USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists, it is based on cumulative growing degree days from the time of seeding.  An initial seeding depth of 2 inches was used for model prediction and the output will update automatically based on the current number of growing degree days.  This is a simple model and actual development can be affected by differences in variety, climate extremes, disease stressors and other factors.  However, under normal circumstances this model is considered fairly accurate.  The model is predictive through development of the sixth leaf, and should not be considered a substitute for checking field conditions.
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Autoupdate: 11/24/2014        
Growing Degree Days are in farenheit using base 32 which is suitable for winter wheat.
Seeding Current Crop Year 30 Year (81-10') % of normal Plant Stage Plant Stage
Date GDD  Average GDD GDD Current Predicted 30 year Normal
09/01 1887 1676 113 Beyond 6th Leaf Beyond 6th Leaf
09/15 1472 1204 122 Beyond 6th Leaf 4th Leaf
10/01 970 785 124 3rd Leaf 2nd Leaf
10/15 578 496 116 1st Leaf Emergence Complete
11/01 196 239 82 Germination Complete Germination Complete
11/15 36 80 45 seeded seeded
12/01 not seeded not seeded not seeded not seeded not seeded