Despite very wet conditions this past fall and winter that prevented some folks from getting their wheat planted, some Nueces County farmers will harvest wheat this year. A spring wheat variety trial was established on January 12, 2010 at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. In addition, cool-season oilseed crops were also planted to evaluate their potential in the Coastal Bend of Texas.
To show potential for these crops, a field four has been scheduled for Thursday, April 15, 2010, at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center on Highway 44, just west of the Corpus Christi Airport.
The field tour will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by the program at 9:00 a.m. An indoor session will focus on current wheat and oilseed markets, wheat production update, cool season oilseed options, sunflower best management practices, and guar production potential. The program will then move outside to tour the variety trials and will conclude by 11:45 a.m. The variety trials consist of 11 spring wheat, 7 safflower, 7 camelina, 13 canola, and 9 flax trials. Participants in the program will be awarded 2 CEUs. This program is being sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Nueces County and the local Agricultural Advisory Committee.