Wheat and field pea tours

UNL variety tours set for June 20, 21 in Cheyenne, Box Butte Counties

University of Nebraska winter wheat and field pea variety trial plot tours are scheduled for June 20 and 21 at several locations around western Nebraska, including Cheyenne and Box Butte counties.

The tours provide an opportunity for farmers and others to learn more about new varieties and other topics relevant to wheat and pea.


Wheat Plot Tours

Wheat variety trial plots are located in Cheyenne and Box Butte counties. In Cheyenne County, 50 dryland varieties are planted at the High Plains Ag Lab. In Box Butte County, 50 dryland varieties and 28 irrigated varieties are planted at the Chris Cullan farm. Discussion topics will include genetics (new varieties on the horizon) and also production issues.

Specialists and crop breeders from the public sector, as well as representatives of private seed companies, will be on hand at wheat tour stops. Speakers will include UNL Small Grains Breeder Stephen Baenziger, UNL Plant Pathologist Stephen Wegulo, and Robert Graybosch, wheat breeder with the U.S. Department of Agriculture based in Lincoln. Other UNL and company reps also will speak at some of the plots.

The 50 dryland and 28 irrigated varieties come from UNL, Colorado State University, University of Wyoming, and commercial seed companies. The varieties include both experimental lines and commercially released varieties. Seed companies represented in the variety trials include Husker Genetics (UNL), PlainsGold (Colorado State University), AGRIMAXX, Limagrain Cereal Seeds, AgriPro Syngenta, Dyna-Gro Seeds, WestBred (Monsanto), CRFW (University of Wyoming), and CROPLAN.

The schedule of wheat tours:

June 20, High Plains Ag Lab, Sidney: During the HPAL field day, Morning field day featuring wheat on dryland crops, grazing systems, and integrated crop-livestock research.

June 20, Box Butte County: 4 p.m., irrigated wheat variety plot tour at Chris Cullan farm, Box Butte County. From Berea, ¾ mile north on Highway 385; plot is on west side of highway.

June 20, Box Butte County: 7 p.m., dryland wheat variety plot tour at Chris Cullan farm. From Berea, north on Highway 2 for 2.7 miles, then west on Hall Rd 0.65 miles. Plot is on the south side of the road.


Pea Field Days

Field pea plot tours are scheduled for June 20 in Cheyenne County and June 21 in Box Butte County. Both sites will feature 44 varieties from these seed companies: Arrowseed, Meridian Seeds, Pulse USA, Puris Foods (new this year), Valesco Genetics (formerly Great Northern AG), Legume Logic, ProGene Plant Research (new this year), Montana Integrity (new this year), and Photosyntech (new this year). Santra said the entry of new seed companies into the Nebraska trials represents increased interested in growing peas in Nebraska.

Speakers from UNL and seed companies will speak during the tours. The Panhandle field pea variety plots are among six total pea plot locations in Nebraska. In addition to Sidney and Hemingford, the others are at Grant (dryland and irrigated), North Platte, and Mead.

Discussion will include 2019 crop condition. As a result of the cool, wet weather, he said he expects shorter crop heights that the past several years. The crop is 7 to 10 days behind normal, but the trial stands look good. One topic of discussion will be susceptibility to powdery mildew.

Dates and locations of the field pea plot tours:

June 20, 8 a.m., Cheyenne County at High Plains Ag Lab (Rainfed): From HPAL office, 0.25 miles east on CR 32N, then north on trial road.

June 21, 9 a.m., Box Butte County, Greg Hansen Farm: From Hemingford: CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER-RELATED CROP FAILURE.

“We appreciate the generosity of the cooperative growers,” said Santra. For more information call Santra at 308-632-1244 or 308-765-2324 (cell) or UNL Research Technician Vernon Florke at 308-249-3161.