The annual Multi-County Wheat Tour conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service starts at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 4. The big tour is free.
Attendees for the tour can gather at the Taylor County Demonstration wheat plots located just off State Highway 351 (aka Albany Highway) and County Road 521, also known as Mesquite Lane, northeast of Abilene. After seeing the Taylor County plots and hearing from specialists, the tour later will proceed to the Callahan County wheat plots located north of Eula on County Road 250.
“Producers will be able to view the variety plots and hear the latest update on the current wheat crop situation,” says Robert Pritz, AgriLife Extension agent for Taylor County. “Dr. David Drake, AgriLife Extension agronomist at San Angelo, and Dr. Travis Miller, AgriLife Extension program leader/agronomist at College Station, will be on hand to discuss wheat varieties, current small grain conditions and wheat fertility.”
Pritz says Drake also will give an overview of weed and wild oat control options, and Dr. Chris Sansone, Texas AgriLife Extension Service entomologist at San Angelo, will discuss seed treatments and insect transmitted diseases. The tour will conclude with an industry-sponsored lunch at the Eula Lions Club. During lunch, Bill Thompson, AgriLife Extension economist at San Angelo, and Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension economist at College Station, will discuss the wheat market, and Kody Bessent, the Texas Wheat Producers Board, will offer an industry update. Three continuing education units can be obtained from the Texas Department of Agriculture for those attending the entire tour, with one CEU in laws and regulations, one in Integrated Pest Management, and one in the general category.
For more information or to RSVP to help plan for the crowd, call any of the cooperating AgriLife Extension offices: Taylor County, 325-672-6048; Callahan County, 325-854-5835; Shackelford County, 325-762-2232; or Jones County at 325-823-2432.