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Wheat growers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming are invited to Wheat U, a one-day, information-packed educational opportunity Jan. 17 at the Bismarck Event Center, Bismarck, North Dakota.

Sponsored by BASF, Wheat U promises to deliver a wealth of profit-enhancing wheat production and marketing information. Wheat U is structured as a combination of speakers and breakout sessions. Our luncheon speaker will be Dan Wogsland, executive director of the North Dakota Grain Growers Association. He will provide an overview of industry topics that growers will need to keep in mind for 2019 and beyond, including the recent passage of the farm bill, export markets and more.

The program begins with a panel of high-achieving grower leaders, from whom attendees can learn top productions tips and tricks.

Breakout sessions, repeated four times through the day, will deep dive into topics such as keeping wheat diseases at bay in the Upper Great Plains with Dr. Andrew Friskop, North Dakota State University plant pathologist. Tom Peters, NDSU, will share new thinking and new approaches to herbicide-resistant weeds that are encroaching into North Dakota. Frayne Olson of NDSU will discuss market opportunities in the current trade environment.

Logan Grier, BASF technical marketing manager, will share with growers how seed treatments and fungicides can protect the health of wheat crops and lead to higher yield potentials. Andrew Adams, technical service representative with BASF will focus on how better understanding of wheat growth stages can help farmers efficiently time their fungicide applications to maximize their return on their investments. CEU credits will be available.

The event concludes with a panel discussion from the local experts at Laughing Sun Brewing, who will advise wheat growers about how wheat quality characteristics translate into quality brewing.

Wheat U is free to attend and includes a complimentary luncheon, courtesy of event sponsors AGWEEK, BASF and High Plains Journal. Farmers are asked to register online at

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