A Wheat Field Day, presented by Texas AgriLife Research and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, is 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on April 23 at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center on 1619 Garner Field Road at Uvalde. Registration is 8 a.m. to 8:20 a.m., followed by opening remarks by Dr. Daniel Leskovar, professor and resident director of research at the center, and Bryson Dalrymple, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, Uvalde County.
"The program will provide new information on wheat varieties, as well as innovative tools utilized in plant breeding research," Leskovar says. "Participants will also have the opportunity to visit and learn about other research conducted at the center, including our trials with globe artichokes."
Presentations and visiting of the center's research plots also will help introduce producers to some new technologies available to enhance their cropping systems, Dalrymple adds. Program registration is just $10. In addition, 2.5 continuing education units can be earned by attendees. The CEUs will be 2 general and 0.5 in integrated pest management, which will be obtainable for private applicators. Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension economist, College Station, will speak at 8:30 a.m. on wheat economics and marketing. Thomas Marek, AgriLife Research agricultural engineering superintendent, North Research Field, at Etter, will talk on irrigation management for wheat. Dr. Ron French, AgriLife Extension Service specialist in plant pathology at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Amarillo, will speak on wheat disease and diagnosis, and he also will discuss fungicide use for wheat.
Kody Bessent of the Texas Wheat Producers Board, Amarillo; Dr. Amir Ibrahim, associate professor, Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences department, College Station; Dr. Jackie Rudd, AgriLife Research professor of wheat breeding and genetics, Amarillo; Dr. Dirk Hays, associate professor of cereal grain development genetics, soil, and crop sciences department, College Station; and doctoral candidate Sean Thompson who will speak about ground-penetrating radar and terrestrial laser scanning as next-generation tools in plant breeding. Daniel Hathcoat, Extension program specialist, and Dr. Travis Miller, AgriLife Extension program leader and soil and crop sciences associate department head, will wrap up the program.