June Field Days for Field Peas, Pulses, Wheat, Forage and Cover Crops

June Field Days for Field Peas, Pulses, Wheat, Forage and Cover Crops May 16, 2018

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Figure 1. A variety of winter and pulse crops will be featured at a series of field days to be held across the state this summer. While the crops and sessions will be customized to local needs, many sites will include these crops (from left): field pea, canola, chick peas, and winter wheat. (Photo by Strahinja Steponovic)

View field trials of field peas, winter wheat, lentils, chickpeas, canola, forage crops, and cover crops at seven Nebraska Extension field days this June. The events will provide a diverse learning experience and great networking opportunity for farmers and agribusinesses.

During the field visits participants will be able to learn more about different varieties of wheat, field peas, chickpeas and forages. Depending on the location, field visits will also include demonstrations of other specialty crops (lentils, winter canola, forages, cover crops) and effects that different agronomic practices (planting dates, seeding rates, fertilizer management, etc.) have on crop yield and yield quality.

Cover crops at field day site
Figure 2. Cover crop mixtures and production will be featured at several of the Winter Crops Field Days.
Crops featured at June field days
Figure 2. Seven field days this June will feature field tours and indoor presentations. While the topics and crops are customized to local needs, sites will include many of these crops: field pea, winter wheat, other pulse crops, cover crops and triticale.

Besides field visits, the field days will feature indoor sessions with a free lunch, a 30-minute networking session, and brief research updates. Networking sessions will allow participants to meet with seed, processing, and marketing businesses critical to pulse cop industry development in Nebraska. The research updates will include:

  • Production and marketing of pulse crops
  • Incorporating cover crops in wheat and field pea cropping systems
  • Wheat production – management for higher yield and grain protein

Dates and Locations

Detailed field day programs and directions to the research plots are in the flyers for each site:

  • May 30 (Wednesday), 6:30 p.m. at Fairbury (See story)
  • June 12 (Tuesday), 9 a.m. at the UNL ENREC near Mead (Flyer)
  • June 18 (Monday), 9 a.m. near Callaway and at North Platte (UNL WCREC) (Flyer)
  • June 19 (Tuesday), 8:30 a.m. near Grant (UNL Stumpf Wheat Center) (Flyer)
  • June 20 (Wednesday), 9 a.m. near Alma and Bladen (Flyer)
  • June 21 (Thursday), 8:30 a.m. near Sidney (UNL HPAL) (Flyer)
  • June 22 (Friday), near Hemingford (Flyer for Nebraska Panhandle Wheat and Field Pea Tours June 21-22)

Nebraska Field Pea Field Days are free, thanks to sponsorship by the Sustainable Agriculture and Research Education (SARE) in Nebraska, the Nebraska Environmental Trust, and the pulse crops seed and processing industry. Lunch and refreshments will be served at most locations.

Registration

Preregistration is requested for meal counts. Register online or check the flyers for registration information for individual sites.  

Contacts

For more information about field days in eastern Nebraska, contact the Dodge County Extension at at 402-727-2775 or email Extension Educator Nathan Mueller at nathan.mueler@unl.edu.

For more information about field days in west central Nebraska contact the Perkins County Extension Office at 308-352-4340 or email Extension Educator Strahinja Stepanovic at sstepanovic2@unl.edu.

For more information on the Nebraska Panhandle field day contact Extension Specialist Dipak Santra at 308-632 1244 or email dsantra2@unl.edu