This year marks the fifth annual Wheat College, an educational outreach effort from the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG). Landing in the Tri-Cities for the first time, Wheat College will be held at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick on April 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This popular workshop has been held throughout Eastern Washington wheat country and has reached more than 450 growers and ag professionals to date.
The agenda for this year’s event will provide timely, pertinent information on herbicide application, variety selection and disease control strategies, herbicide resistance and worker protection standards. Featuring Greg Kruger from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and in coordination with Washington State University (WSU) Extension, WAWG welcomes all producers who want to take part in this interactive program.
There is no cost for attending Wheat College, and lunch is included. Pesticide credits will be offered. The first 100 people to RSVP will receive a free, 2.5 gallon container of RoundUp. Call the WAWG office at (877) 740-2666 to register by April 12.
Greg Kruger with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a weed science and application technology specialist at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte, Neb. He also holds an assistant professor position in the agronomy and horticulture department, both of which are at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As part of his position, he directs a diversified program investigating weed science, ranging from weed management and pesticide applications to sustainable use of pesticides.
Kruger completed his bachelor’s degree in agribusiness at Ohio State University and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in plant pathology and weed science, respectively, at Purdue University with a research focus on root-knot nematodes and herbicide-resistant marestail. His research interests include increasing crop yields through water management practices, understanding crop residue management and the impacts on soil quality, interactions between pest management strategies and more.
Kruger joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in January 2010. His current research efforts are focused on limited rainfall production ag, herbicide-resistant weeds and pesticide application technology. Kruger’s program has a strong emphasis on understanding spray nozzles, adjuvants and sprayer modifications. The completion of a wind tunnel facility in North Platte in February marked the flagship achievement of application technology research within the program.
Other Wheat College topics will include:
• Back to the future: applying herbicides with drift in mind, presented by Greg Kruger;
• Worker protection standards, presented by Carol Black, WSU Extension;
• Variety selection and disease control strategies, presented by Ryan Higginbotham and Tim Murray, WSU Extension;
• Ending Columbia-Snake River System litigation, presented by Darryll Olson, Columbia Snake River Irrigators Association; and
• Herbicide resistance trends in the Pacific Northwest, presented by Drew Lyon, WSU Extension.
Sponsors for the first 100 to register giveaway are AgLink, Helena Chemical and Wilbur-Ellis. Sponsors for the random drawings are Albaugh, Dow AgroSciences and Syngenta.
The 2017 Agricultural Marketing and Management sponsors are:
Ag Info Network
Ag Link Inc
AgVentures NW LLC
Almira Farmer’s Warehouse
Almota Elevator Company
Central Washington Grain Growers
Davenport Union Warehouse
Hatley/Cobb Farmland Management
Helena Chemical Co
JW & Associates PLLC
Moss Adams LLP
Northwest Farm Credit Services
Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative
Pomeroy Grain Growers
Scott’s Tire Service
The McGregor Company
Tri-State Seed Company
Washington Grain Commission
Washington Trust Bank
Wilbur Ellis Co