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Groups will host Wheat Field Days


The 2011 Colorado Wheat Field Days will be held June 6 to 15 at 11 different variety trial sites throughout eastern Colorado. The field days are jointly hosted by the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee, Colorado Association of Wheat Growers, Colorado Wheat Research Foundation and Colorado State University Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station.

The field days will highlight new hard red and hard white varieties developed by CSU and other breeding programs in the Great Plains region. Attention will also be given to special areas of emphasis in wheat breeding at CSU and progress and plans with CWAC funding for CSU wheat research.

"This is an opportunity to interact closely with the wheat breeding and research team from CSU," said Dan Anderson, Haxtun, CWAC president, "You can see how your wheat assessment dollars are working to bring the best high quality and high yielding wheat varieties to the Colorado wheat producer. While it is a dry year, we are better off than we have been in the past, because the CSU program has produced better varieties that yield more in dry years than older varieties. We are giving ourselves every opportunity we can to succeed through the work being done on drought tolerance at CSU."

This year's wheat field day program will include plot tours at 11 trial locations that will each last about an hour. The highly successful Wheat Planting Decision Meetings will be held again after harvest of the 2011 crop and before planting of the 2012 crop. All field day locations will feature refreshments or a meal.

Each location will feature a yield contest, in which participants will guess which variety will yield the most bushels. The tie breaker will be the number of bushels the variety yields. Prizes will be $25 Visa gift cards.

CSU Extension Agronomist Jerry Johnson will review trial conditions and results from the 2010 testing program and highlight critical areas of emphasis related to agronomic production management. CSU Wheat Breeder Dr. Scott Haley will discuss the characteristics of varieties and experimental lines in the trials as well as several wheat-related research issues including: hard white wheat development, the CWRF/ConAgra program, Russian wheat aphid (RWA) resistance and Clearfield wheat, progress on new wheat research initiatives at CSU, and exciting new hard red and hard white experimental lines in the pipeline. The trials this year include the "mainstay" varieties with which growers are familiar, in addition to an exciting group of new entries from public and private breeding programs throughout the region. Wheat varieties for irrigated producers will also be discussed.

All wheat producers are urged to attend at least one of the Colorado Wheat Field Days. For more information, a map of trial locations, and directions, visit www.coloradowheat.org or call 1-800-WHEAT-10.

The schedule for the Colorado Wheat Field Days follows.

June 6

--Walsh, 8:30 a.m., Plainsman Research Center, Baca County. Refreshments sponsored by Miles Swanson, Baca Crop Care, LLC.

--Lamar, 12 p.m., John Stulp Farm, Prowers County. Lunch sponsored by Farm Credit of Southern Colorado.

--Brandon, 5 p.m., Burl Scherler Farm, Kiowa County. Dinner sponsored by Cargill-Cheyenne Wells.

June 7

--Burlington, 8:30 a.m., Randy Wilks Farm, Kit Carson County. Refreshments sponsored by Stratton Equity Co-op.

--Genoa, 12 p.m., Ross Hansen Farm, Lincoln County. Lunch sponsored by Dry Creek Seed Company.

--Roggen, 5 p.m., Cooksey Farms, Weld County. Dinner sponsored by Dinner sponsored by BASF, Lewton Farms, American Pride Co-op, and Roggen Farmers Elevator.

June 8

--Yuma, 8:30 a.m., Andrews Brothers Farm, Yuma County. Breakfast provided by Sara Olsen.

--Julesburg, 12 p.m., Jim and David Carlson Farm, Sedgwick County. Lunch sponsored by area businesses.

--Haxtun, 4 p.m., Steve Meakins Farm, Logan County (Irrigated). Dinner sponsored by Grainland Co-op.

June 15

--Akron, 7:30 a.m., Central Great Plains Research Station, Washington County (all day event).

--Orchard, 4 p.m., Cary Wickstrom Farm. Dinner sponsored by West Plains Co. and Wickstrom Farms.

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