Extreme dry conditions make it hard for producers to think about planting wheat anytime soon, but when it finally rains, producers need to be ready with the latest research-based information, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent.

An Area Wheat/Stocker Cattle Producer Meeting will be hosted on July 28 by AgriLife Extension in Randall, Potter, Deaf Smith and Oldham counties to provide such information. It will be held at the Kuhlman Extension Center, located a half mile west of Canyon on U.S. Hwy. 60.

The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. with registration and will conclude at 2 p.m., according to J.D. Ragland, AgriLife Extension agent for Randall County.

Cost is $10 per person, payable at the door.  Lunch will be served at12:15 p.m. and will be sponsored by Texas Wheat Producers Board.

Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – two general and one integrated pest management – will be available for all private, commercial, non-commercial applicators and certified crop adviser licenses holders.

Presentation topics will be:

  • Wheat Varieties and Management for Fall Planting, Dr. Brent Bean, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Amarillo.
  • Wheat Disease Update, Dr. Ron French, AgriLife Extension plant pathologist, Amarillo.
  • Wheat Grazing/Stocker Cattle Update, Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Amarillo.
  • Texas Wheat Producers Board Update, Kody Bessent, executive assistant, Amarillo.
  • Wheat Integrated Pest Management and Outlook for Insect Concerns, Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Amarillo.
  • Expectations of the Wheat Market, Dr. Steve Amosson, AgriLife Extension economist, Amarillo.

Ragland said those planning to attend should RSVP by July 22 to the AgriLife Extension office in Randall County at 806-468-5543.