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|Farmers study wheat at ag field day|
Area wheat producers turned out in droves for an agriculture field day hosted by LSU AgCenter's the Macon Ridge Research Station last Thursday.
According to LSU AgCenter agronomist Steve Harrison, more than 70 wheat growers turned out for seminars ranging in topic from variety trials to pest control measures.
"It was by far the largest turnout for a wheat field day we've ever had at Macon Ridge," said Harrison, a wheat geneticist at LSU AgCenter's offices in Baton Rouge. "That was because of the large interest in wheat and the amount of wheat acreage we had in the state this year."
Macon Ridge researcher Wink Alison predicted wheat projects would continue to be a big part of work at the research station.
"Research conducted at the Macon Ridge Research Station provides valuable information concerning management practices that optimize wheat productivity," Alison said. "Several wheat varieties grown in the area were developed in research programs at the LSU Agricultural Center."
Harrison echoed Alison's comments and added that a number of wheat varieties are demonstrating tremendous promise for the next growing season.
"There will be quite a few good varieties available to producers this fall including some that have be previously available in the past," Harrison said. "But there will also be some exciting new varieties available in the fall."
Alison said information on the new varieties is just one of the many potential benefits from agricultural field days.
"The field day is an excellent opportunity for producers and other interested people to get a first hand look at results from research programs," Alison said.