If your wheat yields are good but you want to make them great, make plans to participate in one of two Farm Journal Wheat College seminars in early 2012.
On Jan. 27 in Manhattan, Kan., and Feb. 9 in Bismarck, N.D., Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer will team up with wheat expert and Farm Journal "High-Yield Wheat" columnist Phil Needham to share wheat management and production strategies that farmers can take from the classroom to the field.
"Wheat responds when farmers fine-tune their management," Bauer says. "At Wheat College, we’ll give farmers tips they can take directly to the field using the Systems Approach to higher yields."
The Wheat College series of events, now in its second year, was developed in response to farmer requests for management information and production tools.
"Even small steps such as fine-tuning our seeding and nitrogen rates can make significant contributions to crop success," says Needham, who works with wheat growers in the U.S. and Canada.
The 2012 Wheat College topics, which are tailored to the geographic area of each meeting, include: growth and development; stand evaluation and plant health; nitrogen application and the keys for timing and rates; and disease and insect scouting procedures. The curriculum includes bonus corn content.
"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, N.D., event in early 2011.
"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 of Belgrade, Mont.