UK to offer hands-on wheat field school

2016 UK wheat variety trials

PHOTO: Matt Barton, UK Agricultural Communications
Lexington, Ky.

The University of Kentucky Wheat Science Group will offer a series of hands-on trainings during this growing season as an in-depth educational opportunity for experienced wheat producers, crop advisers and farm managers.

The first session of the Wheat Production Field School is March 8 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton. During the school, participants will learn how to identify and treat challenges that occur during the green-up period. Some of the topics UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists will discuss include how to assess freeze damage, the impact of ryegrass root depth on the productivity of certain soils and symptoms of herbicide injury due to tank contamination and application timing.

The school costs $60 per session. To register for the March 8 session, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wheat-field-school-green-up-tickets-30864680089. Preregistration is required, as the class is limited to 30 people per training. Lunch is provided.

Continuing education credits are available for Certified Crop Advisers and pesticide applicators for the March 8 session. Certified Crop Advisers can get credits in the following areas: 2.5 each in soil and water and crop management and one in pest management. Pesticide applicators can receive three general and one specific hours in continuing education.

The UK Wheat Science Group will host a second field school April 26 at UKREC that will cover issues prior to flowering and a third training in the fall about pre-planting decisions. More information on those two trainings will be available at later dates.

The schools are funded in part by the Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association.

Contact: 

Edwin Ritchey, 270-365-7541, ext. 301

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