When I was growing up, we didn't raise Winter Wheat.
It didn't grow around here, because the Winter was too harsh.
Modern agronomy has changed all that.
We still have long cold Winters.
But improved plant science has made Winter Wheat varieties able to withstand the conditions during most Winters.
The first important step to Winter Wheat success is planting it early in the Fall so that it has time to establish. It then needs some moisture to fully green its leaves and expand its roots.
There needs to be some residue on the field to help catch the snow that needs to arrive before the deep sub-zero Winter Weather.
And, of course, someone should fuss and fret over it on a regular basis. At least, that's how it works in GriggsDakota.