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Higher wheat yields plus winter peas for feed in North CarolinaHigher wheat yields plus winter peas for feed in North Carolina

John Hart

May 1, 2016

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A warm, sunny day attracted a crowd of nearly 200 to the 2016 Small Grains Field Day at the Piedmont Research Station in Salisbury, N.C. Advice on wheat management, variety selection and tips on disease and weed control were highlighted.

In addition to wheat production, efforts to produce malting barley for North Carolina brewers and distillers  and winter peas for North Carolina livestock feed were featured. The importance of soil management in the Piedmont was emphasized. At the field day, which took place April 21, wheat producers were advised to turn to the North Carolina Official Variety Test "Green Book" that comes out in July as the best source for wheat variety selection.

Christina Cowger, USDA ARS plant pathologist at North Carolina State University, says a dry April is good news for the threat of fusarium head blight or scab.“Scab risk is low.Unless the weather really turns wet for the next two weeks, our risk is very low and it would not pay to apply a fungicide for the control of scab," she said.

About the Author(s)

John Hart

Associate Editor, Southeast Farm Press

John Hart is associate editor of Southeast Farm Press, responsible for coverage in the Carolinas and Virginia. He is based in Raleigh, N.C.

Prior to joining Southeast Farm Press, John was director of news services for the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, D.C. He also has experience as an energy journalist. For nine years, John was the owner, editor and publisher of The Rice World, a monthly publication serving the U.S. rice industry.  John also worked in public relations for the USA Rice Council in Houston, Texas and the Cotton Board in Memphis, Tenn. He also has experience as a farm and general assignments reporter for the Monroe, La. News-Star.

John is a native of Lake Charles, La. and is a  graduate of the LSU School of Journalism in Baton Rouge.  At LSU, he served on the staff of The Daily Reveille.

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