UNL wheat program, tour set for June 11
A winter wheat meeting and plot tour is scheduled for 7 a.m. June 11. Breakfast will be served at the Ella Missing Community Center, 411 Sixth St., Arapahoe, Neb. The Furnas County wheat variety plot is located on land farmed by Ron and Rex McClain, Beaver City, Neb.
Before touring the plot, information on the following topics will be presented:
“Surviving the 2012 Drought: 80 years of Innovation,” Bob Klein; and
Wheat Production, including: variety selection, plant growth stages, disease management and other best wheat production practices.
The tour will include new winter wheat varieties, experimental varieties and many of the varieties being grown by producers along with varieties being used to measure progress in winter wheat variety development.
Certified Crop Advisors can receive continuing education credits.
To get to the plot go 3.5 miles west of Beaver City or 12 miles south and a half mile west of Arapahoe. Plot signs will be located on the north side of the highway.
This is a no-till plot that was planted in forage sorghum residue that was chem-fallowed and features side by side comparisons of 27 varieties. This is an opportunity to learn more about wheat variety performance and management in a no-till situation.
Resource persons include:
Bob Klein, UNL, Western Nebraska crops specialist, North Platte;
Stephen Wegulo, UNL Extension plant pathologist, Lincoln;
Rich Russel, field representative, Arrow Seed; and
Noel Mues, UNL Extension educator, WCREC, Furnas County.
The tour is sponsored by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Arrow Seed Co., Cargill, and West Central Inc., Chris Reeves, Beaver City. University of Nebraska variety performance trials are supported in part by grower check-off funds through a grant from the Nebraska Wheat Board. For more information, contact the Extension office in Furnas County at 308-268-3105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.