Multi-County Wheat Tour slated for May 4 in Taylor County

ABILENE – The annual Multi-County Wheat Tour conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service is set for 8:30 a.m. May 4.

The tour will start at the Taylor County Demonstration plots located off State Highway 351 and County Road 521, which is also called Mesquite Lane, northeast of Abilene.

The tour will later travel to the Callahan County plots located north of Eula on County Road 250.

“Producers will be able to view the variety plots and hear the latest update on the current wheat crop situation,” said Robert Pritz, AgriLife Extension agent for Taylor County. “Dr. David Drake, AgriLife Extension agronomist at San Angelo and Dr. Travis Miller, AgriLife Extension program leader/agronomist at College Station, will be on hand to discuss wheat varieties, current small grain conditions and wheat fertility.”

Pritz said Drake will also give an overview of weed and wild oat control options, and Dr. Chris Sansone, AgriLife Extension entomologist at San Angelo, will discuss seed treatments and insect transmitted diseases.

The tour will conclude with an industry-sponsored lunch at the Eula Lions Club. During lunch, Bill Thompson, AgriLife Extension economist at San Angelo and Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension economist at College Station, will discuss the wheat market, and Kody Bessent, the Texas Wheat Producers Board, will offer an industry update.

For more information or to RSVP, call any of the cooperating AgriLife Extension offices: Taylor County, 325-672-6048; Callahan County, 325-854-5835; Shackelford County 325-762-2232; or Jones County at 325-823-2432.

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