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Wheat Diagnostic School set for May 13 and 14


May is the time of year when the effects of crop production decisions in wheat are clearly visible. Since this is such a great time to show how various management decisions affect the wheat crop, the KSU Southwest Research-Extension Center in Garden City will be holding an event to discuss many wheat related topics. The 2009 Wheat Diagnostic School will be held at the Southwest Research-Extension Center at 4500 E. Mary Street in Garden City, Kan. It will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on May 13 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 14.

Drs. Jim Shroyer and Brian Olson will discuss wheat growth, development, and growth stages. Weed control, herbicide injury, and weed identification will be discussed by Drs. Curtis Thompson and Dallas Peterson. This year, we will have wheat diseases covered by Dr. Eric De Wolf and insects by Dr. Philip Sloderbeck. Nitrogen fertilizer application with the seed and as a topdress will be presented by Drs. Kent Martin and Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz. We have added some new presentations that have not been a part of this diagnostic school in the past. These include sprayer calibration and nozzles by Dr. Bob Wolf, grazing wheat by Dr. Jeff Edwards, and a wheat alternative and cover crop tour by Dr. John Holman.

The goal is to make this event very hands-on field oriented that will benefit producers and consultants alike. We have applied for 10 continuing education credits for certified crop advisors, which includes 1 hour in nutrient management, 5 hours for pest management, and 4 hours for crop production. We have also been approved for 5 hours of commercial pesticide applicators recertification hours.

A registration fee of $150 will be billed to each participant after the diagnostic school is complete. So, what will each person leave with? Besides getting lunch each day, each participant will gain a more in-depth understanding of each area of wheat management. There will be opportunities to ask questions about the past growing season to each of the knowledgeable presenters. You will also leave with a book that will hold publications providing much of the information that will be presented. Although this is a busy time, we are dedicated to making the Wheat Diagnostic School worth your time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Kent Martin at 620-275-9164 or e-mail at kentlm@ksu.edu.

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