Extension’s wheat field day to focus on crop management

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CUSTAR, Ohio — Variety development, fungicide and insects will be among the topics discussed by experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences during Wheat Field Day June 20.

The event runs 9-11:30 a.m. at the Northwest Agricultural Research Station of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 4240 Range Line Road, Custar. The event is free and open to the public.

The program will include demonstrations on wide-row wheat management practices, said Laura Lindsey, an Ohio State University Extension soybean and small grain specialist.

Lindsey’s research on wide-row wheat planting looks at the impact of planting in 15-inch row spacing as compared to the traditional 7.5-inch spacing.

Reason

“Interest is growing among farmers in wide-row planting because it allows farmers to use a planter instead of a drill and also allows them to intercrop soybeans,” she said.

“Growers will be able to walk through our plot trials to see the method up-close.”

Other topics to be addressed during the field day:

• Rain, fungicide, scab and vomitoxin.

• Variety development in the age of genomics.

• The good and the bad insects in wheat.

• Update from the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association.

Matt Davis, who manages the Northwest Agricultural Research Station, said organizers expect there to be good interest from wheat growers as wheat acres in parts of Ohio are slightly up this year.

“Our goal is to try to address management issues on topics that hopefully help the farmers better manage their wheat crops,” he said.

Credits

Pesticide re-certification and certified crop adviser education credits are available for the workshop.

For more information on the field day, contact Davis at 419-257-2060 or davis.1095@osu.edu.

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