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UK to host virtual Wheat Field Day on May 12; specialists, industry reps to make presentations


By Katie Pratt
University of Kentucky

In this time of social distancing and much uncertainty, University of Kentucky scientists are using innovative ways to get producers the information they need to grow high-quality crops.

As a result, members of the UK Wheat Science Group have turned their annual Wheat Field Day into a virtual experience this year. It is scheduled for 9 a.m. until noon CDT May 12 on the video conferencing app Zoom.

“We wanted to provide the results from our unbiased wheat research that our producers are accustomed to, and we also wanted to make sure the program was safe for all participants and speakers amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Carrie Knott, grain crops specialist with the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “A virtual field day seemed like the perfect solution.”

UK specialists and industry representatives will make presentations much as they would during a normal field day. Participants can expect to hear information on wheat management, small grain economics, sustainability, UK variety trials, rye, and management of diseases, insects and weeds in winter wheat.

As in the past, producers will have an opportunity to ask specialists questions and interact with each other during the online event.

Pesticide applicators can receive one specific continuing education unit for categories 1A, 4 and 10 for attending the virtual field day.

Producers can view the field day through Zoom using any type of computer or mobile device. The direct link to the meeting, other ways to participate and additional information about the field day are available at wheatscience.ca.uky.edu.

Once they click the field day link, participants will receive a prompt to install Zoom, if they have not already done so.

Katie Pratt writes for the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

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