Plan now to attend the 2018 Small Grains Field Day on June 12. The event will begin with registration and sign in at 9:30 am at the OARC Schaffter farm located at 3240 Oil City Road, Wooster OH. The cost is $25 per person when registered by June 4. Beginning June 5, registration will be $35 per person. Lunch is included in the registration fee. Commercial and private pesticide applicator credits as well as Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits are available to field day participants. To register on-line, visit https://go.osu.edu/2018SmallGrains. Mail in registration is an option and registration forms are available at the Wayne County Extension office.
The agenda for the small grains field day begins with some brief introductory comments at 10:00 am. Shuttles will then take participants out to field plots at the Schaffter farm site. Morning topics include:
- Use of small grains in a soybean production system which will include soybean planting demonstrations into small grain cover crops along with a discussion of insect and slug management
- Malting barley research which will include selecting varieties adapted to Ohio conditions along with agronomic considerations
- Malting barley economics which will include a discussion on demand for malting barley, grower contracts, and malting barley enterprise budget
- Small grain agronomics, which will include a discussion on malting barley disease management and recent work with wheat fertilizer trials to manage wheat fertility.
After lunch served in the Schaffter Farm shop, participants will choose between one of two afternoon sessions. Session A will focus on wheat variety development, current wheat breeding work, identification of wheat diseases and management of wheat diseases. This session will take place at the OARDC Snyder farm. Shuttles are provided for transportation to and from the farm plots. Session B is a tour of the USDA Soft Wheat Quality Lab located on the OARDC campus. In addition to the tour of the facilities, participants will hear about current research and see demonstrations regarding wheat quality evaluation.
The Small Grains Field Day will conclude around 3:00 pm. Sponsors of the 2018 Small Grains Field Day include Ohio Certified Seed, Ohio Soybean Council and the Ohio Corn and Wheat Board.
For more information about the field day, including an event flyer, go to http://go.osu.edu/agwayne and click on the “Small Grains Field Day” heading or contact the Wayne County Extension office by phone at 330-264-8722.