If your wheat yields are good but you want to make them great, consider honing your management and production skills by participating in one of the two Wheat College events Farm Journal will host in early 2012.
There are two dates and locations for farmers’ consideration: Jan. 27 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., and Feb. 9 at the Radisson Hotel Bismarck in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Click below for details and registration for both Wheat College events.
High-yield wheat expert, Phil Needham, and Missy Bauer, Farm Journal associate field agronomist, are the featured instructors for both events.
"Wheat responds when farmers fine-tune their management," Bauer says. "In this seminar we’ll give farmers tips they can take directly to the field using the Systems Approach to take yields to the next level."
“Even fairly small things like fine-tuning our seeding and nitrogen rates can make significant contributions to crop success,” says Needham, who works with wheat growers throughout the United States and Canada.
The Wheat College events, now in their second year, were developed in response to farmer requests for management information and production tools. All topics will be tailored to match the geographic areas of the meetings.
“Wheat College was a very beneficial seminar on how to fertilize wheat for optimum yield results,” says North Dakota farmer Kenzie Palozewski who attended the Fargo-based event last year.
“I really liked being able to ask questions as we went along, and my banker will like that I should be more profitable as a result,” adds Trevor Smieja, Belgrade, Montana.
Topics Bauer and Needham will address include: growth and development; stand evaluation and plant health; nitrogen application and the keys for timing and rates; disease and insect scouting procedures. The curriculum will also include bonus corn content.