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Growth and Development of Wheat

Understanding growth and development of wheat is critical to managing a wheat crop. This hands-on session will go through staging wheat plants according to the Feekes Scale. We will also discuss wheat management associated with these stages, such as fertilizer and herbicide applications.


Common Wheat Production Problems

This session will discuss some common wheat production problems found in western Kansas. It will include both environmental- and machinery-related challenges experienced from drilling through harvest.


Weed Identification

In this session, attendees will learn to identify weeds that are common in wheat production rotations. First, we will learn to use identification resources to narrow down the weed choices and properly identify the weeds. Second, you will get to identify the weeds yourself utilizing those resources.


Weed Control with Wheat Herbicides

Weed control is a critical part of successful wheat production. In this session, we will discuss twenty-six herbicide treatments for controlling common weed challenges. The treatments will include preemergence, fall and spring applied herbicides.


Wheat Insects and Their Interaction with Diseases

Insects are found in every wheat field. Are they a pest or beneficial? In this session, we will catch and identify insects commonly found in Kansas. We will also discuss the interaction of insects and diseases because some insects are vectors for common viral wheat diseases.


Wheat Diseases

This interactive session will provide hands-on training in wheat disease identification and presentations about how a basic understanding of pathogen biology can be used to make better disease management decisions. We will also address emerging issues with stripe rust in this year's wheat crop, including methods for evaluating the risk of yield loss and fungicide options that growers might consider as they respond to this threat.


New Technology in Wheat Breeding

This session will demonstrate new technologies that are being used to identify stress tolerance in wheat breeding lines at KSU. Trials are evaluating the ability of different wheat varieties to translocate carbohydrates under stress. Additionally, UAV's are in use to quantify responses to stress in the form of leaf temperature and other measurements.


Wheat Water Use

This session will demonstrate several methods of determining soil water content and the importance of those numbers in understanding yield potential. The effect of management practices such as stubble height will be demonstrated.


Sprayer Calibration

This interactive session will look at the effects of tip selection and operating pressure on droplet size and drift characteristics. New nozzle technologies will be discussed and demonstrated.



This session will look at the effects of a wide range of seeding time and topdress fertility applications to wheat. Topics will include maximum rates of in-furrow fertilization and broadcast spray vs. streamed topdress applications.



rob aiken

Rob Aiken

K-State Crop Research Scientist



erick de wolf

Erick De Wolf

K-State Plant Pathology



kevin donnelly

Kevin Donnelly

K-State Agronomy



stewart duncan

Stu Duncan

K-State Extension Agronomy



allan fritz

Allan Fritz

K-State Wheat Breeding



Lucas Haag Photo

Lucas Haag

K-State NW Area Agronomist



 jeanne falk jones

Jeanne Falk Jones

K-State Multi-County Agronomist



bob klein

Bob Klein

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Crops Specialist



romulo lollato

Romulo Lollato

K-State Agronomy



dallas peterson

Dallas Peterson

K-State Weed Science



dorivar ruiz-diaz 

Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz

K-State Agronomy



 sarah zukoff

Sarah Zukoff

K-State Entomology