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: 10/31/2014        
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 1659 1425 116 Beyond 6th Leaf Beyond 6th Leaf
09/15 1244 953 130 5th Leaf 3rd Leaf
10/01 742 534 139 2nd Leaf 1st Leaf
10/15 349 245 143 Emergence Complete Germination Complete
11/01 not seeded not seeded not seeded not seeded not seeded
11/15 not seeded not seeded not seeded not seeded not seeded
12/01 not seeded not seeded not seeded not seeded not seeded