Alabama’s corn, wheat and sorghum course Dec. 14 at Auburn

Alabama’s corn, wheat and sorghum course Dec. 14 at Auburn

Topics include managing corn for high yields, soil health and cover crop mixtures, best practices for sorghum production, wheat production and profitability and wheat management.

The 2015 Alabama Corn and Wheat Short Course will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center Dec. 14-15.

Presenters from the Auburn University College of Agriculture, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, other land grant universities, industry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will address a variety of topics pertaining to corn and wheat growth.

Brenda Ortiz, associate professor in the Auburn University College of Agriculture’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences and Alabama Extension small grains specialist, said this course is an opportunity for farmers to learn more about every aspect of crop management.

“Farmers are always looking to optimize current practices, or adopt new ones,” Ortiz said. “Higher profitability and environmental protection are two of their top concerns. Our speakers try to provide current information to help farmers improve yield and profitability.”

Ortiz said the conference presenters are a combination of university faculty and private companies to give farmers a brief overview of new sciences and technologies available for farmers in the field.

She said the group of speakers is very diverse, offering participants information from all areas of production.

“There was a significant increase in the acres of grain sorghum planted this year, and many issues with sorghum pests,” Ortiz said. “To help farmers combat these issues, we have expanded the conference topics to include sorghum management information.”

Topics include managing corn for high yields, soil health and cover crop mixtures, best practices for sorghum production, wheat production and profitability and wheat management.

Registration for the conference can be found online. Registration closes Dec. 4.

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