Winter wheat meeting is Jan. 11 in Hopkinsville

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By Katie Pratt

 Wheat prices around $7 a bushel have enticed new producers and those who haven’t grown wheat in a few years to plant a crop.
In addition, some producers have increased their acreage this year to take full advantage of the favorable prices. Specialists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture will offer producers advice during the 2011 Winter Wheat Meeting to help ensure they have a successful growing season.
The meeting is from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. CST Jan. 11 at the Christian County extension office in Hopkinsville.
Speakers include members of the UK Wheat Science Group. They will discuss a variety of topics of interest to new and experienced wheat producers.
In addition to the UK speakers, Phil Needham will discuss the basics of wheat production including pesticides and Steve Hunt will discuss water quality issues.
Mark Darrington will address preparing for the future of wheat and Curt Anderson will talk about food and grain safety and security.
The Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association will provide lunch.
Continuing education units for Certified Crop Advisors are available in the following categories: 2 in pest management, 1.5 in crop management, 0.5 in professional development and 1 in soil and water.
Pesticide applicator continuing education units are available in three general and one specific hours in categories in 1A, 10 and 12.
Preregistration is not required.
For more information, contact Dottie Call, coordinator of UK’s Wheat Science Group at (270) 365-7541, ext. 234 or e-mail dcall@uky.edu.