CARC Field Day focused on small grains

Saturday, July 6, 2019

The MSU Central Ag Research Center’s 2019 Field Day is Wednesday, July 10 at the CARC in Moccasin. The activities kick off at 8:15 a.m. with coffee, tea, rolls, and registration. The tour wagons will load up and head out to plots at 9:05 a.m. and return to center at noon, with a lunch sponsored by BASF InVigor, Cargill and Stricks Ag.

The focus of this year’s field day will be on growing small grains in Central Montana. Wheat (hard red winter, hard red spring, and durum) and barley variety development and selection will be an important focus of the day. Also discussed will be the impact of crop sequence/rotation on wheat and barley, and the continued effort to better understand nitrogen mineralization in Central Montana. Participants also will look at soil microbe activity in spring wheat

Research speakers include Mike Giroux, durum breeder and interim head of the MSU Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology; Justin Vetch and McKenna Brown, two graduate students working with Dr. Giroux; Jamie Sherman, MSU barley breeder; Phil Bruckner, winter wheat breeder; Jed Eberly, Assistant Professor of Agronomy and Soil Microbiology at the CARC; Simon Fordyce, cropping systems research associate at the CARC, who also is completing an M.S. degree at MSU; and Patrick Carr, superintendent and associate professor of cropping systems at the CARC. Anton Bekkerman, associate director of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, and Darrin Boss, chair of the Department of Research Centers, will kick off the event.

It should be a great opportunity to see the research being conducted at CARC. All are invited.

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