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Illinois Wheat Assn. to Host Southern IL Wheat Tour

Date Posted: May 6, 2014

Bloomington, IL—Illinois wheat growers will have an opportunity to tour winter wheat fields in order to make observations that will factor in to yield estimates of the 2014 winter wheat crop during a May 28 southern Illinois wheat tour.

The Illinois Wheat Association is hosting the Southern Illinois Winter Wheat Tour Wednesday, May 28.

The tour will include field checks during the day with an evening report session at Brownstown Agronomy Research Center.

Prior to the evening meal, yield estimates will be calculated, and attendees will have an opportunity to view wheat variety and seed treatment trials.

Fred Kolb, U of I Professor of Small Grain Breeding; Emerson Nafziger, U of I Professor and Extension Agronomist; and Robert Bellm, U of I Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture – Crops, will be on hand to discuss wheat development and wheat diseases.

Tour participants should meet at 9:00 a.m. at one of four locations: Siemer Milling Co., 111 W. Main St. (217-857-3131), Teutopolis; Mennel Milling Co. of Illinois, 415 E. Main St., Mt. Olive (217-999-2161); Wehmeyer Seed Co., 7167 Highbanks Rd., Mascoutah (618-615-9037); and Wabash Valley Services Co., 1562 Illinois 1, Carmi (812-483-2966).

Participants should call in advance the location from which they would like to depart and should make a reservation for dinner by contacting the Illinois Wheat Association office at 309-557-3619 or by e-mail at cblary@ilfb.org by May 23.

Those wishing to take samples on their own and join the group for the dinner and wrap-up also are asked to RSVP to the Illinois Wheat Association by May 23.

IWA will provide the tour instructions to those taking independent samples to ensure sampling procedures are consistent. Instructions also may be found on the Illinois Wheat Association web site at: http://www.illinoiswheat.org/events.html.

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