Spring Crops Ag Day set for May 22 at North Plains Research Field

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Dr. Qingwu Xue, 806-354-5803, QXue@ag.tamu.edu
Dr. Jackie Rudd, 806-677-5600, jcrudd@ag.tamu.edu

ETTER – Wheat freeze damage and wheat-related research will be the highlights of the Spring Crops Ag Day on May 22 at the North Plains Research Field near Etter.

The field day is hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, North Plains Groundwater Conservation District and Texas Wheat Producers Board.

The program will begin with registration at 9 a.m. and will include the following presentations:

- Area wheat freeze damage, Dr. Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension, Lubbock.

- Drought tolerance research and irrigation level study, Dr. Qingwu Xue, AgriLife Research, Amarillo.

- Remote-sensing research to detect wheat performance, Dr. Prasana Gowda, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, Bushland.

- Wheat insect research, iWheat and Integrated Pest Management, Dr. Jerry Michels, AgriLife Research, Amarillo.

- Wheat disease research and management, Dr. Charlie Rush, AgriLife Research, Amarillo.

- Drought/insect/disease interactions, Dr. Shuyu Liu, AgriLife Research, Amarillo.

- Wheat breeding trials: Damage assessment/recovery, Dr. Jackie Rudd, AgriLife Research, Amarillo.

- Suggested wheat varieties for the High Plains, Rudd.

- Seed availability, Steve Brown, Texas A&M Foundation Seed Service, Vernon.

- Statewide Small Grain Extension Program, Dr. Clark Neely and Dr. Travis Miller, AgriLife Extension, College Station.

Lunch will be provided and accompanied by updates on the North Plains Research Field activities, Texas Wheat Producer Board and North Plains Groundwater Conservation District. Additionally, Dr. Steve Amosson, AgriLife Extension, Amarillo, will present “Panhandle Regional Water Planning: Ag water demands.”

Three Texas Agriculture Department continuing education credits will be offered for private pesticide applicators in integrated pest management.

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