December 19, 2001 | By: Laura Skillman

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's Wheat Science Group's winter conference will highlight the latest technology being used on the farm and what may be just around the corner.

The program, Wheat Technology...Looking Ahead, begins at 9 a.m. (CDT) , Jan. 9, 2002, at the Warren County Cooperative Extension Service office, 3132 Nashville Road, Bowling Green.

At the meeting, wheat producers will hear from a panel of farmers about the use of yield monitors. Panel members will look at what hurdles they see in using the monitors in wheat, and discuss whether they are worth the expense. Scott Shearer, University of Kentucky agricultural engineer, will serve as moderator.

UK agricultural engineer Tim Stombaugh will outline the latest research being conducted on the use of light bars, and Shearer will discuss variable rate applications.

In addition, some work has been conducted across the country looking at remote sensing as a means to help determine nitrogen needs in wheat. The work in Kentucky, a collaborative effort between NASA, UK and Miles Enterprises, will be outlined for producers by Ken Copenhaver of NASA.

A representative of K-PAN, the Kentucky Precision Agriculture Network, will present an overview of the farmer-driven network and what opportunities it provides for producers.

Other topics include pitfalls and helpfulness of on-farm variety testing by Mike Fouts of Pioneer, a Dupont Co.; expected grain quality at the point of delivery by Carl Schwinke, Seimer Milling and a market outlook by Steve Riggins, UK Extension grain marketing specialist.

Lunch will be provided by the Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association and the meeting should conclude around 2:30 p.m. There will be 3.5 Certified Crop Advisor credits hours available, 1 in nutrient management, 0.5 in pest management and 2 in crop management.

For more information, contact Luther Smith, Warren County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources at (270) 841-1618, or Dottie Call, Wheat Science Group coordinator, at (270) 365-7541 ext. 234.


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