HPJ Sorghum U Wheat U event set for Aug. 9 in Wichita

Sorghum U / Wheat U

High Plains Journal’s Sorghum U/Wheat U event is set for Aug. 9 at the Doubletree Hotel in Wichita, Kansas.

This free, one-day education event, will kick off at 8:30 a.m. with a farmer panel discussion consisting of sorghum and wheat producers from across the High Plains highlighting management techniques, drought, fertility and other sorghum and wheat related topics.

The panelists will include Brant Peterson, Michael Peters, Levi Johnson and Kent Winter. Craig Meeker will moderate that session.

Several presenters are lined up to give breakout sessions at the event, including Allan Fritz, Kansas State University professor of wheat breeding, with a wheat variety update; Brent Bean, the director of agronomy for the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, will give a presentation on sorghum weed control; southwest Kansas farmer Peterson will give a breakout session on increasing the value and yield of sorghum; Josh Lofton, Oklahoma State University professor and Extension specialist for cropping systems, will present on promoting soil health in sorghum and wheat fields; Jeff Whitworth, associate professor of entomology at Kansas State University, will give a presentation on pests currently affecting wheat and sorghum; and Michael O’Dea, chief commodities economist at StoneX, will speak about the market outlook for both crops.

The panel discussion on enhancing wheat quality and yields will include Sarah Lancaster, Michael Bahr, Kelsey Onofre and Randall Varnell. There will also be a session on water conservation and management.

Attendees can enjoy a complimentary lunch while they hear a keynote speech from Ross Janssen, chief meteorologist at KWCH in Wichita, who will give a weather outlook for the upcoming months.

Sorghum U/Wheat U is sponsored by High Plains Journal, Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, Kansas Wheat, United Sorghum Checkoff Program, Kauffman Seed, EGE Products, Exapta Solutions, Inc., Heartland Soil Services, Koch Agronomic Services, Conklin AgroVantage, FMC, Double Team Sorghum Cropping Solution.

To view the full schedule, pre-register and reserve a free lunch, visit www.hpj.com/suwu/.

Lacey Vilhauer can be reached at 620-227-1871 or [email protected].