Posted May 9, 2018
Kansas wheat farmers are invited to Hays, Kansas, on Tuesday, May 22, for Kansas Wheat Day, hosted by the KSU Ag Research Center.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium with coffee and donuts provided by the Kansas Wheat Alliance. The events will last from 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and primarily consist of a Wheat Variety Tour and presentations. Lunch, following the presentations, is sponsored by the Kansas Wheat Commission and will be provided to all participants. A complete schedule can be found at www.wkarc.org.
Dr. Bob Gillen, Department Head of the Tri-Center Operations for the Western Kansas Agricultural Research Center, will welcome participants to Kansas Wheat Day. Gillen specializes in rangeland management and has experience working with animal, plant and soil scientists.
“Attendees will be able to view and compare all of the leading wheat varieties in Kansas side-by-side, hear the latest information on managing herbicide-resistant weeds, and they will see demonstrations of wheat yields under different tillage treatments and nitrogen fertilizer rates,” explained Gillen.
Augustine Obour, Western Kansas Ag Research Center Soil Scientist, is scheduled to speak about “Strategic tillage in no-till systems.” His expertise is in soil and nutrient management with emphasis in tillage and nutrient management interactions in dryland cropping systems.
“CoAxium wheat production system for grassy weed control” will be presented by Vipan Kumar, Weed Scientist at the Western Kansas Ag Research Center. His research at K-State focuses on understanding weed biology and ecology and developing integrated weed management strategies for dryland cropping systems.
Romulo Lollato, K-State Wheat Extension Specialist, will present on wheat production research updates. Currently, Lollato directly oversees over 20 different research projects related to wheat production or applied wheat physiology, with most pertaining to master's theses or Ph.D. dissertations of students training in his program.
Erick DeWolf, K-State plant pathologist, will also be presenting on “Wheat Disease and emerging tools for management.” DeWolf focuses his research on development of disease management strategies for fungal diseases of wheat, including Fusarium head blight, tan spot, leaf rust and stripe rust.
Make plans now to attend Kansas Wheat Day on May 22 in Hays, Kansas. The events are located at the K-State Agricultural Research Center – Hays, 1232 240th Ave, Hays, KS 67601. Kansas State University is committed to making its services, activities and programs accessible to all participants. If you have special requirements due to a physical, vision, or hearing disability, contact Guorong Zhang, 785-625-3425, Ext 213.
Kansas Wheat Day
Field Day Schedule:
8:30 Registration at Auditorium --- Coffee, drinks, and donuts available (Sponsored by Kansas Wheat Alliance)
9:00 Opening Remarks --- Bob Gillen, WKARC Department Head
9:15 Wheat variety demo plots --- Guorong Zhang, WKARC Wheat Breeder
10:15 Strategic tillage in no-till system --- Augustine Obour, WKARC Soil Scientist
10:40 CoAxium wheat production system for grassy weed control --- Vipan Kumar, WKARC Weed Scientist
11:10 Wheat production research updates --- Romulo Lollato, KSU Wheat Extension Specialist
11:35 Wheat disease and emerging tools for management --- Erick DeWolf, KSU Plant Pathologist
12:00 Lunch --- sponsored by Kansas Wheat Commission
1:00 Wheat as a source of beneficial insects providing pest control in summer crops --- JP Michaud, KSU Entomology