Colorado

The Colorado wheat Field Days 2000, scheduled at different locations throughout eastern Colorado, are scheduled through June 19.

The field days, which consist of 12 variety trial sites and four crop management sites, are jointly hosted by the Colorado wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC), Colorado Association of wheat Growers (CAWG) and Colorado State University (CSU) Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station.

The Colorado wheat Field Days 2000 will feature CSU wheat Breeder Dr. Scott Haley, who has been at CSU for a full year. Haley will talk about each variety in the test plot and the new and exciting directions of the wheat-breeding program. There are 60 wheat varieties in this year's trial sites.

The Colorado wheat Field Days 2000 will bring a complete wheat Extension program to the trial sites. A strong field of specialists will make short presentations about their specific discipline area: pathology, entomology, weed science, soil fertility, seed production, variety testing, Colorado wheat industry and wheat Extension.

Two highlights of the field days are the experimental hard white winter and herbicide resistant wheat varieties that allow selective control of several winter annual grass weeds (jointed goatgrass, downy brome and rye). Two high yielding hard white winter wheat varieties are under field evaluation at the trial sites for potential release in 2001. Each trial site also includes six herbicide wheat varieties that are under field evaluation for potential release in 2002 and 2003.

The Colorado wheat Field Days is just one of the many collaborative partnership projects between CWAC, CAWG and CSU. CWAC is investing approximately $127,000 this year in the wheat breeding program and wheat-related research at CSU, which is made possible by the one cent per bushel assessment on wheat. Each dollar of this wheat producer funding provided by CWAC is leveraged with an additional $14 of state and federal funding.

CAWG also lobbies at the federal and state level to increase funding for CSU to support Russian wheat aphid, jointed goatgrass and wheat-related research at CSU, which is made possible by the one cent per bushel assessment on wheat. Each dollar of this wheat producer funding provided by CWAC is leveraged with an additional $14 of state and federal funding.

CAWG also lobbies at the federal and state level to increase funding for CSU to support Russian wheat aphid, jointed goatgrass and wheat-related research. As a result of CWAC, state and federal funding, CSU Agricultural Experiment Station is able to provide a total of $1,787,263 in fiscal year 2000 to the wheat breeding program and wheat-related research.

CWAC, CAWG and CSU encourage all producers to attend at least one of the Colorado wheat Field Days. For more information please call 1-800-WHEAT10.

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