For the first time, the Texas A&M AgriLife Wheat Field Day at the Bushland, Texas, Agricultural Experiment Station “took the show on the road” with a bus tour of wheat plots across the Panhandle. Stops included irrigated wheat trials at Bushland and near Dalhart, triticale plots near Conlen, and dryland wheat trials near Groom. This way, participants could see the variety trials in many environments and conditions.
Among the varieties on display were the two newest releases out of the Texas A&M AgriLife Wheat Improvement Program—TAM 115 and TAM 205. Both varieties offer quality characteristics that farmers may be able to capture added value from, explained Jackie Rudd, Texas A&M wheat breeder. While farmers get paid on yield, not quality, it’s the program’s hope that by releasing wheats with high quality characteristics that farmers can see their local basis at elevators rise and capture the value of these quality characteristics. If a region gets a reputation for quality wheat, buyers pay attention and will source from that region, Rudd explained.