Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211


Agricultural News

OSU Virtual Wheat Field Day Coming Next Week

Fri, 24 Apr 2020 05:45:38 CDT

OSU Virtual Wheat Field Day Coming Next Week Social distancing mandates may have cancelled field days many agricultural producers depend on, but wheat growers can get a sneak peek of Oklahoma State University’s 2020 wheat tour virtually starting April 25 on OSU Extension’s weekly agricultural television show SUNUP.

“This is the time when producers should be looking at how wheat varieties are performing in their areas and the OSU Wheat Field Day historically is one of the main sources of unbiased information wheat growers use to learn about those varieties,” said Amanda de Oliveira Silva, OSU Extension small grains specialist. “People can’t come in person this year so we’re going virtual, starting with a sneak peek on SUNUP.”

The program airs 7:30 a.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday on OETA, and then is made available online.

Silva said the OSU Virtual Wheat Field Day should be available online by the week of April 27. The online material will enable producers to view footage of about 40 wheat varieties and hear explanations of characteristics such as yield potential, disease resistance and tolerance to acid soils and lodging. The collection of electronic media is expected to keep growing with additional content submitted from across the state.

“We also encourage people to go out and walk around our test plots, as social distancing can be maintained; we just can’t have everyone there at the same time, as would happen at a field day,” Silva said. “Besides the variety signs, we left copies of the plot maps for all our wheat variety trials, which are spread across 20 counties in Oklahoma, to help people do a self-guided tour.”

OSU Extension historically has received positive feedback from producers about the importance of such demonstration events. One of the more popular aspects has been how field tours aid farmers’ operational planning by letting them see varieties still undergoing trial research that might be coming onto the market soon.

“What is of the most interest to people is not always the top grain-yielding variety but a variety that will provide the best overall production characteristics for their specific farming operations,” said Gary Strickland, OSU Extension dryland cropping systems specialist with the university’s Southwest Research and Extension Center in Altus.

The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is working closely with OSU Extension and the statewide Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station system to ensure producers have access to needed data during the growing season. On average, Oklahoma’s wheat industry contributes more than $600 million annually to the state economy.

“With all the pandemic-related challenges going on this growing season, we feel people are taking a greater interest in food production,” OWC Executive Director Mike Schulte said. “A great benefit of the OSU Virtual Wheat Field Day is that it provides a wonderful platform for people in general to become more educated about what it takes to get food from the field to someone’s table in addition to the benefits it gives wheat growers and related agribusiness operators.”



WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI


Top Agricultural News

  • Cleaning on a Regular Basis is a Must in Offices as We Return to Workplace  Mon, 01 Jun 2020 09:45:18 CDT
  • California Scientist Believes Cattle Are Not Adding Extra Methane To The Environment  Mon, 01 Jun 2020 09:44:45 CDT
  • Lucas Praises Successful SpaceX Launch: This is a New Era of Space Travel  Mon, 01 Jun 2020 09:37:57 CDT
  • National Dairy Month to Recognize Dairy Farmers’ Commitment to Communities  Mon, 01 Jun 2020 08:37:06 CDT
  • New Thresholds, Familiar Program Helps Bull Buyer Narrow Options  Mon, 01 Jun 2020 07:33:28 CDT
  • Monday Preopening Market Update with Dave Lanning   Mon, 01 Jun 2020 07:04:56 CDT
  • Lucas Joins Colleagues Advocating Flexibility for Oklahoma’s Cattle Producers  Mon, 01 Jun 2020 07:01:47 CDT
  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids as of 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 29  Sun, 31 May 2020 16:40:47 CDT

  • More Headlines...


    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Oklahoma City Farm Show KIS FUTURES, INC. Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit Ag Mediation Program P&K Equipment AFR Insurance Stillwater Milling Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

    Our Road to Rural Prosperity sponsors!


    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com

    © 2008-2020 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.