Wheat growers must face a wide range of production challenges. Three field days scheduled in May across North Carolina are designed to inform farmers about advances in research that can help them deal with those challenges.
The field days are sponsored by the N.C. Small Grain Growers Association, with cooperation from the U.S. Agricultural Research Service and N.C. State University. There is no charge for attending.
The field day schedule is:
• May 8 — Wilton Shooter and Sons Farm, U.S. 301, Rowland; registration opens at 4 p.m. and field tours start at 4:30. The location is 1 mile north of Rowland on U.S. 301. Among others, some topics at this field day include soil pH, pop-up fertilizers, nitrogen management, seeding rates, planting dates, seed treatments, a variety review and deep tillage on sandy soils.
• May 10 — Granny Branch Farms, N.C. 33, Aurora; registration opens at 4 p.m. and field tours start at 4:30. The plot is located 2.6 miles east of Aurora on N.C. 33. Some of the topics featured will include a look at wheat varieties, herbicide control of annual bluegrass, intensive management, Hessian fly and leaf rust.
• May 15 — Piedmont Research Station, 8350 Sherrills Ford Road, Salisbury; registration opens at 3:30 p.m. and field tours start at 4. Topics at this field day, will include an update on herbicides, soft wheat and bread wheat varieties, intensive management for very early, late and timely planted wheat, fungicides, insecticides, plant growth regulators, row spacing and more.
Dan Weathington, executive director of the Small Grain Growers Association, notes each of the field days offers valuable education for wheat growers.
"Each location provides an opportunity for farmers and others with an interest in wheat research to see new variety development, disease and insect control, the latest fungicide recommendations and the latest agronomy work that can help farmers maximize yields for higher net returns on the money they've invested," Weathington says.
People who have questions about any of the field days may contact Weathington at 910-736-8258.
N.C. State University also sponsors an important web site on wheat production with links to information about the wheat field days. The address is: http://www.smallgrains.ncsu.edu/index.html