PAMPA – The time to plant wheat is fast approaching, and decisions made now can affect the quality and yield at harvest time, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent.
Many of those necessary decisions will be discussed at a Wheat Crop Planning Conference on July 26 at the Gray County Annex, 12125 E. Frederick Ave. in Pampa, said Brandon McGinty, AgriLife Extension agricultural and natural resources agent for Gray County.
“From variety selection to marketing, every aspect of planning a crop will be addressed,” McGinty said.
Cost for the event will be $10 per person. Individuals should RSVP by July 20 to their local AgriLife Extension office in Carson, Gray, Roberts or Armstrong counties, or call 806-669-8033, he said.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the program will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – two general and one drift – will be offered to pesticide applicators. Those needing CEUs must attend the morning session in order to receive credits.
The following topics and presenters are on the program:
- Variety Selection, Dr. Jackie Rudd, Texas AgriLife Research wheat breeder, Amarillo.
- Tillage Practices, Soil Fertility and Rotational Systems, Dr. Robert Duncan, AgriLife Extension small grains specialist, College Station.
- Weeds, New Herbicides and Drift Minimization, Dr. Brent Bean, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Amarillo.
- Managing Stockers During Drought, Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Amarillo.
- Irrigation of Wheat – Cost vs. Price, Nich Kenny, AgriLife Extension irrigation specialist, Amarillo.
- Wheat and Stocker Calf Price Outlook and Marketing Strategies, DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management specialist, Amarillo.