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Experimental wheat varieties at Field Days

Casey Yahn
Colorado Wheat

The Colorado Wheat Field Days 2006 will be held from June 12-16, at 13 different variety trial sites throughout Eastern Colorado. The field days are jointly hosted by the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC), Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG), Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF) and Colorado State University (CSU) Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station.

The field days will highlight new hard red and hard white wheat varieties developed by CSU and other breeding programs in the Great Plains region. Special focus will be given to experimental and commercial hard white winter wheat varieties and herbicide tolerant wheat varieties that allow selective control of troublesome winter annual grass weeds (jointed goatgrass, downy brome and volunteer rye).  CSU extension and research personnel will also discuss progress in developing wheat varieties that are resistant to the new biotypes of the Russian wheat aphid (RWA) that were identified in Colorado in 2003 and 2004.

The Colorado Wheat Field Days 2006 will feature CSU Wheat Breeder Dr. Scott Haley who will show and discuss new and existing wheat varieties and various areas of emphasis in wheat breeding and genetics. Wheat field days are an ideal platform for growers to provide feedback to the CSU wheat-breeding project.

Dr. Jerry Johnson will make a short presentation on Variety Testing and Darrell Hanavan will address CWAC/CAWG/CWRF issues. A strong team of specialists, as well as representatives from BASF, AgriPro Wheat, and WestBred will be available to answer questions related to seed certification, weed science, entomology, pathology, and varieties from private companies.

All wheat producers are urged to attend at least one of the Colorado Wheat Field Days.  For more information please call 1-800-WHEAT-10 or visit http://www.coloradowheat.org. Attendees are urged to bring a lawn chair.

Colorado Wheat Field Days Schedule

Monday, June 12

– Lamar* ” 8 a.m. at John Stulp’s house, Prowers County.

– Walsh* ” 11 a.m. at Plainsman Research Center, Baca County.

– Brandon* ” 5 p.m. at Burl Scherler Farm, Kiowa County.

Tuesday, June 13

– Arapahoe* ” 9 a.m. at Dennis & Matt Campbell Farm, Cheyenne County.

– Burlington* ” noon at Randy Wilks Farm, Kit Carson County.

– Genoa* June 13 ” 5 p.m. at Ross Hansen Farm, Lincoln County.

Wednesday, June 14

– Akron* ” 8 a.m. at Central Great Plains Res. Station, Washington County.

– Yuma* ” 5 p.m. at Andrew Brothers Farm, Yuma County.

Thursday, June 15

– Julesburg* ” 8 a.m. at David Deden Farm, Sedgwick County.

– Haxtun (Irrigated)* ” noon at Steve Smith Farm, Phillips County.

– Bennett* ” 5 p.m. at John Sauter Farm, Adams County.

Friday, June 16

– Stratton* ” 10 a.m. at Kenny Pottorff Farm, Kit Carson County.

– Orchard* ” 4 p.m. at Cary Wickstrom Farm, northwest Morgan County.

* Complimentary Meal at the Field Day.


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