OSU Extension Wheat Test Plots at LaHoma Looking Good, Says Dr. Amanda de Oliveria SilvaFri, 08 May 2020 15:35:52 CDT
Usually farmers and the general public would be invited to the annual OSU Extension Wheat Field Day at LaHoma, just west of Enid, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the field day was converted to a “virtual tour.” Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director and Editor KC Sheperd viewed the demonstration plots firsthand as ROAN was invited to help share the story of those presenting. Sheperd talked to several of the OSU specialists, including Dr. Amanda de Oliveria Silva, OSU Extension small grains specialist.
“I am very excited about the trials here,” Silva said. “A lot of the varieties are looking good and they are showing good disease resistance and standability.”
Standability is a key factor this spring as the crop has been hit with strong winds.
She singled out the OSU varieties for showing high nitrogen efficiency and disease resistance.
Even though there was no official public field day at LaHoma, the OSU specialists have devised a unique, high tech method to view the plots in person.
There are plot maps with individual variety signs that have QR codes.
The producer can come here and scan the codes with their cell phones and information on each variety will pop up on their phone, Silva said. This is a great way to learn more about the actual varieties, she said.
I really encourage people to come and look, Silva said.
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