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Performance of Small Grain Varieties in Kentucky
D. A. Van Sanford, W. P. Bruening
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
Small grain production is an important component of Kentucky's agricultural economy. In order to maximize the profitability of small grain production, annual evaluation of wheat and barley varieties is needed to help farmers select varieties with superior agronomic performance and pest resistance. Grain yield and test weight, as well as straw and forage yield are directly related to crop income, but varietal traits, such as plant height, lodging potential, maturity, and disease resistance are also important management-related components of profitability. This variety evaluation project determines the agronomic performance, general adaptability and pest resistance of small grain varieties grown in Kentucky.
2011 Project Description
Field day May 17, 2011 at Princeton. Met with stakeholders at the site of one of the variety trials and discussed wheat diseases, variety performance etc.
Data from this research is published on the web and in a variety bulletin. This information influences the knowledge of stakeholders by informing them of wheat variety options and it influences the action of stakeholders by affecting the wheat variety they choose to plant the following year.
B. Bruening, C. Tutt, S. Swanson, J. Connelley, G. Olson, and D. Van Sanford. 2011. 2011 Kentucky Small Grain Variety Performance Test. KAES PR 623