April 25, 2007 | By: Laura Skillman

While a recent arctic cold snap damaged the state’s winter wheat crop, the University of Kentucky Wheat Field Day is still slated to take place May 15 at the Research and Education Center in Princeton. Many educational opportunities will be available to growers.

Some farmers in the state have opted to destroy their damaged wheat and plant another crop, but the plots at the UK research farm are still in place. This will allow farmers to see some of the damage as well as allow researchers a chance to collect data from the unusual weather occurrence that took place in early April.

The field day program was set prior to the weather mishap and will include information that is relevant to growers year after year. Wheat variety trials conducted annually by the university, application timing of the herbicide Osprey and nitrogen fertilizer will be discussed.

Other topics include information on the Uniform Eastern Winter Wheat Leaf and 
Glume Blotch Nursery, insecticide seed applied treatment study, screening for scab resistance in breeding material, nitrogen fertilization of wheat using polymer coated urea, final results of on-farm no tillage trials and an update on automated steering technology.

The field day is an annual event of the UK Wheat Science Group. Registration for this year’s program begins at 8:30 a.m. The program will conclude at noon with lunch provided by the Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association.

Certified crop advisers can receive one and a half hours of continuing education credits in both pest management and crop management. The program has also been approved for three general pesticide credit hours and one hour in categories 1a, 4, 10, 12 and 14 from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

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


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