The University of Kentucky held a field school regarding flowering and storage on April 26, 2018. Topics were:

Fungicide and Sprayer Technology 

Fusarium head blight is an important disease on wheat in Kentucky. This presentation will focus on management techniques, such as fungicide usage and differences in sprayer technology.  

Dr. Carl Bradley & Dr. Tim Stombaugh 

Techniques for Managing Nitrogen 

In the previous session, participants were asked to assess various wheat plots for nitrogen. During this session, participants will be shown how varying levels of nitrogen and when it was applied can result in differences in their crop.   

Dr. Edwin Ritchey & Dr. John Grove 

Plant Growth Regulators  

Plant growth regulators, such as Palisade, are receiving considerable interest in Kentucky as a possible way to increase grain yield while reducing the risk of lodging due to high nitrogen rates. 

We will discuss the ideal application timing, assess the effect of PGR applications on wheat growth and development, and discuss situations that PGR are preferred and those that are not. 

Dr. Carrie Knott 

Economics of Baled Wheat Straw 

Wheat straw is in great demand, especially in the Central Bluegrass region.  Various factors contribute to the cost of baling wheat straw, such as nutrient removal, which impact profitability.  We will discuss the cost components and current market for baled wheat straw.   

Dr. Jordan Shockley 

Current wheat outlook and potential return to storage 

A key component of marketing stored grain is monitoring local basis and understanding the seasonal components of basis. This presentation will go what the current wheat outlook and its potential return to storage. 

Dr. Todd Davis 

Grain Storage 

Monitoring grain storage can help reduce the amount of insecticide use. This presentation will go over the S.L.A.M. (sanitation, loading, aeration and monitoring) management system to help aid in grain storage decisions.   

Dr. Sam McNeill 

Insect Problems in Storing Grain 

In this presentation, two topics will be discussed. The first deals with insect pest species found in stored grain silos in western Kentucky in 2017 and 2018 and secondly, the insecticides used for their control. Here we will specify the new insecticide additions to Kentucky’s list, and emphasize their use and recommended rates. 

Dr. Raul Villanueva 

Grain Storage Tips with Sam McNeill

Managing Insects in Grain Storage