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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host the 24th Annual Wheatheart Wheat Conference on August 11 at the Ochiltree County Expo Center, 402 Expo Drive in Perryton.
Attendees at the event will hear educational topics related to wheat marketing, variety breeding and management practices, and updates on wheat forage, said Scott StrawnAgriLife Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Officer for Ochiltree County.
“The 2022 wheat crop growing season has been challenging in our region due to extremely dry conditions from planting through harvest,” Strawn said. “More than half of the acres planted were not harvested and yields were below average on the acres harvested.”
The silver lining, he said, was the price level. With the price still high, there is optimism for wheat planting next year, he said.
“With the current drought conditions, many cow-calf producers are looking for alternatives to feed their cows and calves to avoid selling them out,” Strawn said. “With these current conditions, I hope some of the information provided at this meeting will be useful to both the farmers and herders in attendance.”
Registration is $10 at the door beginning at 8:30 a.m., with the program running from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Lunch and a draw for a $100 gift card will be sponsored by Texas Wheat Producers.
A general Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education unit will be offered to pesticide applicators.
On today’s agenda
The following topics will be covered:
- Wheat Market Outlook and Marketing Strategies, Mark Welch, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension-Grain Marketing Economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Bryan-College Station.
- Wheat Resource Utilization in Cow-Calf Operations, Jason Smith, AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist in the Department of Animal Science, Amarillo.
- Variety Selection and Management for High Grain and Forage Yields, Jourdan Bell, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension Agronomist in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Amarillo.
- Texas Wheat Producers Board and Association Update, Darby Campsey, Director of Communications and Producer Relations, Texas Wheat Producers, Amarillo.
- Wheat Forage Rainfall Insurance – The Basics, Jason Schickedanz, Broken Arrow Crop Insurance, Perryton.
For more information, contact Strawn at 806-435-4501.