LSU AgCenter Wheat Oat Field Day Set For April 20

Guy Padgett, Harrison, Stephen A., Van Osdell, Mary Ann, Twidwell, Edward K.  |  4/13/2007 2:28:07 AM

News Release Distributed 04/13/07

The LSU AgCenter’s annual Wheat and Oat Field Day will be April 20 at the Macon Ridge Research Station in Winnsboro. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Topics to be covered by LSU AgCenter experts include the current wheat situation with Dr. Ed Twidwell, forage specialist, and Dr. Clayton Hollier, plant pathologist. Dr. Bill Williams, weed scientist, will address weed control in wheat and oats.

The tour of research plots begins at 9:30 a.m. and will include talks on wheat and oat varieties by LSU AgCenter researchers Dr. Rick Mascagni, agronomist, Dr. Boyd Padgett, plant pathologist, and Dr. Steve Harrison, plant breeder.

In addition, Padgett will talk about his research on fungicide screening and disease management. Harrison also will discuss the recent work of Sungrains, a consortium of southern universities that conducts wheat and oat research and variety development. Sungrains, a co-sponsor of the field day, includes the universities of Florida, Georgia, Clemson, North Carolina State and the AgCenter, Harrison said.

Some 220,000 acres of wheat were planted in Louisiana in 2006, double the acreage of 2005, Twidwell said. Yields for 2006 averaged 57 bushels per acre, which was 1 bushel higher than the average yield reported in 2005. The gross farm value of the 2006 crop was $25.3 million, up from the 2005 crop valued at $19.6 million, primarily because of higher prices received by farmers, Twidwell said.

Prices are projected to be high for the foreseeable future, and the recent cold weather has not produced any damage, he said.

The LSU AgCenter has long been a leader in the development of superior crop varieties and led in the establishment of Sungrains. The AgCenter has developed and released 10 wheat and oat varieties since 1997, and Sungrains breeders, collectively, have released 34 wheat and 14 oat varieties.

Lunch co-sponsors include AgriPro-Coker, AgSouth Genetics, Arkansas County Seed, Terral Seed and UniSouth Genetics. Louisiana Land Bank is sponsoring the morning coffee and donuts.

More information is available by calling (318) 435-2157. The research station is located at the Scott Research & Extension Center, less than a mile south of Winnsboro on La. 15.

More information about wheat and oat production can be obtained on the Internet at www.lsuagcenter.com/wheat.

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Contacts:
Boyd Padgett at (318) 435-2157, or bpadgett@agcenter.lsu.edu
Steve Harrison at (225) 578-1308, or sharrison@agcenter.lsu.edu
Ed Twidwell at (225) 578-4564 or etwidwell@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer:
Mary Ann Van Osdell at (318) 741-7430, or mvanosdell@agcenter.lsu.edu

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