Here's your opportunity to learn about the impact of best management practices for wheat production. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension will sponsor five UNL Wheat Field Days this month.
They will include programs and tours of plots with new winter wheat varieties, experimental varieties, and many of the varieties grown by producers as well as those being used to measure progress in winter wheat variety development.
UNL variety performance trials are supported in part by grower checkoff funds through a grant from the Nebraska Wheat Board. Here is the schedule:
June 11, 7 a.m. Furnas County. The Furnas County wheat plot tour will begin with breakfast at 7 a.m. at the Ella Missing Community Center at 411 6th St. in Arapahoe. This no-till plot is growing under extreme drought conditions. It has received 10 inches of moisture since May 1, 2012, including 1 inch in the last month. Following breakfast there will be a program and then a tour of the wheat variety plot 3.5 miles west of Beaver City or 12 miles south and 1/5 mile west of Arapahoe at the Ron and Rex McClain farm. Certified Crop Advisors can receive continuing education credits for this program. Contact Extension Educator Noel Mues at 308-268-3105 or 308-655-0467 for more information. Certified Crop Advisors
June 25, 9 a.m. High Plains Ag Lab. The plot tour at the High Plains Ag Lab near Sidney will start at 9 a.m. Participants will meet at the shop. Directions are: On Highway 385 go 6 miles north of Sidney or 7 miles south of Gurley to the Huntsman Elevator, 2.5 miles west on Road 32, 0.5 miles north on Road 109, 1 mile east on Road 32N. Plots are about 0.75 miles northeast of HPAL shop (Field 13). There will also be a tour of the pea variety trial after the wheat plot tour for those who are interested. Contact Dipak Santra at 308-632-1244 or Vernon Florke at 308-249-3161 for more information.
June 25, 3 p.m. Box Butte County Irrigated Plots. The tour will begin at 3 p.m. at the test plots 1.3 miles north of Hemingford on Box Butte Ave. (Plots are on the east side of the highway.) Contact Dipak Santra at 308-632-1244 or Vernon Florke at 308-249-3161 for more information.
June 25, 5 p.m. Box Butte County Rainfed Plots. This tour begins at 5 p.m. at the test plots 5.5 miles south of Hemingford on Highway 2, 0.6 miles west on Hall Road. (Plots are on the south side of the road.) Contact Dipak Santra at 308-632-1244 or Vernon Florke at 308-249-3161 for more information.
June 27, 7 p.m. From Wilber travel about 7.5 miles west on Highway 41, turn left onto County Road 1500, drive south for about 1 mile, then turn right on County Road Q. Plots will be about 0.2 mile on the left. Contact Extension Educator Randy Pryor at 402-821-2151 or Agronomy Assistant Professor Teshome Regassa 402-472-1489 for questions.