Extension agents to host wheat plot tour

By Paul Harris

The Riley Extension Service is holding a tour of the wheat variety plot at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29 at 5490 West 76th Avenue, Manhattan. The varieties represented are: Armour, Art, Billings, Cedar, CJ, Duster, Everest, Fuller, Hitch, Jackpot, Santa Fe, SY Gold, SY Wolf, and WInterhawk. While harvest is nearing, Greg McClure, Riley County Extension agent, said the plot will still be up.

“It will be the last plot harvested,” he said.

McClure added that he is still hopeful for rainfall before harvest.

“We need rain and cold weather to in order to gain bushels,” he said.

Stu Duncan, K-State Research and Extension Northeast Area Crops Specialist, will discuss the varieties at the meeting. There will be a free supper at 6:30 p.m. A tour will follow at 7 p.m.

Reservations are requested by Friday and can be made contacting the Riley County Extension Office at 785-537-6350.

KSU Extension Agents will also holding a Hazardous Occupations Training course on tractor safety on Monday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 5. KSU Extension Agents from Riley and surrounding counties will teach the courses.

The classes are recommended for youths age 12 and older, although youths can’t be certified until 14. Two hours of practical tractor experience is required for certification and actual tractor driving will not be included in the safety course. The registration deadline to enroll is May 31 and there is a $30 registration fee.

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