Recently, the North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association entertained research proposals for the coming growing season. Executive Director, Dan Weathington outlines some of the coming small grains research:
“Our Research & Education Committee met and reviewed about 18 different proposals from our faculty at NC State and USDA-ARS. Our two main problems that we continue to have is scab and Italian ryegrass in our wheat.
Those will continue to be research projects at the priority level. Wes Everman is working on the ryegrass, and Christina Calvert and Dr. Murphy are working on the scab, because we get some funding from the federal government on the scab. But, those are the two top priorities.
“Some other programs that we’ve been funding for several years and will continue to fund is with Dr. Paul Murphy and his double haploid program. That has really turned out to be a good investment for the small grain farmers in North Carolina. Double haploid breeding…actually, conventional breeding takes about seven years to bring a new variety of wheat to the marketplace, with this, in the winter time, takes only about three and a half years. And he has several varieties that are ready to come out now, as soon as we get the sale on them. That’s exciting news.
“Dr. Angela Post and Niki and myself we all looked at the field day situation, and when we have field days, it’s hard for farmers to get there, they have so many things, so we’re proposing three field days that we’ll call major field days, but we’ll also have about 20 counties we’re proposing to have satellite end-of-the-row field days, where farmers can come, go back to their farm and react. So, that’s something else that’s exciting that we’ll be proposing to the board.
“We always are looking for ways that we can better utilize and get return on the farmer’s investment.”
We’ll have more from Dan Weathington, Executive Director of the North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association later this week on Today’s Topic.