December 19, 2007 | By: Laura Skillman

Strong prices may have enticed more producers to plant wheat this fall in Kentucky and some of those growers may be a little rusty on the latest production practices. Each year, the University of Kentucky Wheat Science Group holds a winter meeting to provide up-to-date information for new and long-time wheat producers.

This year’s meeting will be Jan. 8, 2008 at the Christian County office of the UK Cooperative Extension Service in Hopkinsville. The conference will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A growers panel will highlight this year’s meeting with the growers discussing their experiences with the freeze damaged 2007 crop. Panelists will be from Caldwell, Warren, and Hickman counties. Having growers from a wide geographical area will offer a variety of experiences. The panel discussion will be preceded by an overview of the 2007 wheat freeze.
Another highlight will be discussion of the world wheat situation and how it applies to Kentucky. Presenting this session will be Mike Zahn, an agricultural economist from Illinois.

Other topics include plant variety protection, patents and variety release, aphids abundance and control in the 2006-2007 season, slow release nitrogen, tillage to no-tillage for wheat and some points in between, understanding how the environment impacts wheat disease, and application timing for ryegrass control. Presenters include members of the UK Wheat Science Group, an interdisciplinary group of specialists who work together to address the needs of Kentucky’s wheat producers, as well as other UK researchers. 

Three certified crop adviser credits in crop management and 1.5 in pest management will be available. Three pesticide general credits and one specific hour in categories 1A, 4, 10 and 12 have also been approved. Lunch will be provided by the Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association.

Pre-registration is not necessary. For more information contact Dottie Call, Wheat Science Group coordinator, at 270-365-7541, ext. 234, or


Dottie Call, 270-365-7541, ext. 234