Multi-county wheat tour scheduled for May 14 near Vernon
Area producers are invited to see variety plots and hear the latest information about the region's wheat crop during a tour on May 14 at the AgriPro facility in Lockett, 12167 S. U.S. Hwy. 70.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the event will close with a noon talk on carbon-credit marketing by Dale Enerson with the National Farmers Union in South Dakota, said Langdon Reagan, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agricultural and natural resources agent for Wilbarger County.
The program is designed for producers from both Texas and Oklahoma, with Texas offering three continuing education units (two general and one integrated pest management) toward the renewal of pesticide applicator licenses. Oklahoma credits are pending, Reagan said.
"With what has happened to our wheat crop this year, there are things we need to step back and look at," Reagan said. "Selecting quality wheat seed will be important based on the freezes we've had and the damage they have done."
He said a drought and the late-season freeze can both be detrimental to seed quality. Experts will be on hand to discuss what to look for.
Other speakers and their topics will be: Triticale plots, George Fohner, a leading triticale specialist from Syngenta; variety plots, Todd Baughman, AgriLife Extension agronomist; Syngenta crop protection, Mick Urwiler, Syngenta; and Syngenta Acre, Rob Borchardt, AgriPro.
This program is supported by the AgriLife Extension offices in Baylor, Wichita, Hardeman, Foard and Wilbarger counties. Other sponsors are AgriPro Wheat, Syngenta, Wilbarger County Farm Bureau, Hardeman County Farm Bureau, Estes Chemical, DuPont Crop Protection and Bayer Crop Science.