December 22, 2004 | By: Laura Skillman

This year’s winter conference of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture’s Wheat Science Group again will focus on a disease that has been troublesome in a number of fields the past two growing seasons. The conference is Jan. 11 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton . 

Fusarium head blight causes kernels to shrivel, lowering yield and weight. Losses in food quality also can be caused by production of dioxynivalenol (DON) in blight-infected wheat.  An overview of the fusarium head blight prediction model will be given by Erick DeWolfe from Pennsylvania StateUniversity . 

UK Extension specialists' topics will include a 2003-04 crop overview, Folicur, genetics, tillage and residue’s relationship to head blight, DON measurement accuracy, world situation and economic outlook and maintaining high-quality wheat in summer storage.

Todd Barlow, executive director of the Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association, will discuss how farmers’ check-off dollars are being used. Mick Henderson, general manager of Commonwealth Agri-Energy, will talk about wheat’s potential for ethanol production.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The conference begins at 8:45 a.m. and concludes at 2:30 p.m.  Lunch will be provided by the Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association.

Three certified crop advisor credits in pest management and one in crop management will be available. In addition, pesticide credits have been approved for one general hour and 1 specific hour in categories 1a, 10 and 12.

For more information contact Dottie Call, Wheat Science Group coordinator, at 270-365-7541 ext. 234 or



Writer: Laura Skillman  270-365-7541 ext. 278