2010 Colorado Wheat Planting Decision Meetings Announced

Centennial, Colo. Growers looking to increase yield and decrease risk will want to plant the best possible wheat varieties this fall for top yields next summer. The annual Wheat Planting Decision Meetings will offer growers insight into the highest-yielding varieties in the Colorado State University (CSU) Uniform Variety Performance Trials and Collaborative On-Farm Tests (COFT). Each grower who attends the meeting will receive a 1-gigabyte flash drive containing the Wheat Variety Database, which allows growers to make comparisons between varieties and look at data from the CSU trials going back to 1990, plus a bag of Ultragrain flour.

Experts suggest planting more than one variety of wheat to manage some of the risk associated with Colorados unpredictable growing conditions. Growers attending these meetings will discover what portfolio of wheat varieties is best suited to their area and conditions. Varieties discussed will include popular varieties from CSU, Agripro, WestBred, Watley Seed, and other public programs in the region. Wheat varieties for irrigated producers will also be discussed.

The Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC) and Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF) host the annual meetings. CSU Extension Specialist Dr. Jerry Johnson will share the CSU uniform wheat variety and COFT trial results for 2010, and variety recommendations; Dr. Scott Haley, CSU wheat breeder, will speak about the CSU wheat breeding program and wheat variety database; Dr. Dwayne Westfall, CSU soil science professor, will discuss nitrogen fertilizer management to enhance wheat protein content; Brad Erker, Colorado Director of Seed Programs, will present the availability and value of certified wheat seed and the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA); and Darrell Hanavan, CWAC and CAWG executive director, will discuss the CWRF ConAgra Ultragrain Premium Program.

The Wheat Planting Decision Meetings provide producers with an opportunity to hear the years full CSU test plot data from all the locations in the state, said Dan Anderson, CWAC president, They will also be the first to hear about upcoming new varieties. Dr. Haley and Dr. Johnson will be there to answer questions about both old and new varieties. There will be an update on the CWRF ConAgra Ultragrain Premium Program, with new hard white winter wheat varieties that producers should consider. They can gain a premium in price over hard red varieties. These hard white varieties yield as well as hard red varieties, and they have better baking and milling qualities.

To learn more about the top wheat varieties and the economic advantages of certified seeds, plan to attend the meeting nearest you. A complimentary meal will also be served. For more information, visit www.coloradowheat.org or call Colorado Wheat at (303) 721-3300.

Meeting Dates and Locations

Tuesday, August 17:

12:00 p.m. Lunch meeting, Chez DuValls, Granada

Sponsored by Bayer CropScience

6:30 p.m. Dinner meeting, Community Center, Burlington

Sponsored by CWRF Seed Growers Randy Wilks, Kenny Pottoroff, and Tim Stahlecker

Wednesday, August 18:

7:30 a.m. Breakfast meeting, Dry Creek Seed Company Plant near Genoa

Sponsored by Dry Creek Seed Company

12:00 p.m. Lunch meeting, Central Great Plains Research Station near Akron

Sponsored by Bayer CropScience

6:30 p.m. Dinner meeting, Anderson Wheat Farms near Dailey

Sponsored by Anderson Wheat Farms

Thursday, August 19:

7:30 a.m. Breakfast meeting at Midcap Farms near Wiggins

Sponsored by Midcap Seed and Grain

About CWAC

The Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC) is the producer-elected board of control that administers funding from the producer-approved assessment of two cents per bushel for education, research and domestic and export promotion programs that increase the consumption and utilization of Colorado wheat.

About CWRF

The Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF) is a non-profit corporation founded by the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee to further educational and scientific programs related to wheat. In 1995, CWRF formed a partnership with Colorado State University (CSU) to acquire ownership of wheat varieties developed by CSU. CWRF coordinates distribution of foundation and registered seed to eligible certified seed growers and collects royalties from the sale of certified seed. These royalties are returned to CSU to fund the wheat breeding program and wheat-related research.

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