BROOKINGS, S.D. — Starting with a strong soil base, choosing the best variety and fending off weeds and other pests are crucial for a productive and profitable spring or winter wheat harvest. This month SDSU experts will devote an entire week to cover these wheat production issues and more during the Extension’s virtual Crop Hour series.
“Pests not only reduce yield, but they also affect grain quality. Learning how to efficiently and sustainably manage these pests is important for profitable wheat production,” says Emmanuel Byamukama, Associate Professor and SDSU Extension Plant Pathologist.
“Soil fertility affects wheat yield and quality, so we will focus on how growers can balance nitrogen to maximize yield and protein. Finally, by discussing strategies for wheat marketing we hope to help stakeholders learn how to better market their grain to maximize returns”
Participants are invited to join the SDSU Extension team January 26-29 from 10 to 11 a.m. CST each day for a webinar on wheat management and research:
- January 26: “Weed control in Winter Wheat and Spring Wheat,” Paul Johnson, SDSU Extension Weed Science Coordinator; “Wheat Herbicides and Cover Crops,” Gared Shaffer, SDSU Extension Weeds Field Specialist
- January 27: “Insect Pests (and relatives) Update in Wheat,” Adam Varenhorst, Assistant Professor and SDSU Extension Field Crop Entomologist; “Early Wheat Disease Management Decisions,” Emmanuel Byamukama, SDSU Extension, and Connie Strunk, SDSU Extension Plant Pathology Field Specialist
- January 28: “Wheat Soil Fertility (N management for optimal yield and protein),” Anthony Bly, SDSU Extension Soils Field Specialist; “Choosing the Best Wheat Variety,” Jonathan Kleinjan, SDSU Extension Crop Production Associate
- January 29: “Wheat Marketing,” Jack Davis, SDSU Extension Crops Business Management Field Specialist
Each week SDSU Extension’s Crop Hour will cover a different area of agronomic production, from field crops and forages to water and weather. The webinar series began January 5 and will conclude March 26.
There is no fee to attend but participants will need to register for the weekly webinars on the SDSU Extension Crops page(https://extension.
Educational credits (CEU’s) will be available for Certified Crop Advisers for each session.
For more information about the webinar series and to view the weekly topics and speakers, visit the Crops page (https://extension.sdstate.
— SDSU Extension
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