Pocket guide gives wheat producers a helping hand in the field

May 31, 2013
by WLJ

Purdue Extension has created a new pocket reference guide for wheat growers and others involved in wheat production.

The 2013 Wheat Field Guide is now available after a few years of planning, said Corey Gerber, director of Purdue’s Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center (DTC).

“It’s a handy, in-field reference that can help producers and crop professionals manage wheat,” he said.

The guide covers variety selection, growth stages, insects, diseases, weeds, soil nutrients, planting decisions and harvest.

“It gives farmers the ability to have it in their back pocket or toss it in the truck,” said Shaun Casteel, Purdue Extension agronomist who specializes in soybeans and small grains. “The guide is durable and has good color and pictures. It’s very userfriendly, and there’s a lot of information packed into a small package.”

Casteel said wheat farmers likely will face a later harvest this year due to prolonged cold temperatures into March and April that delayed the break of dormancy and progression of plant development.

The problem is the opposite of what producers saw last year during record-setting drought. The guide applies to either scenario because it illustrates all growth stages, offers specific herbicide and fungicide application information, and covers potential grain moisture at harvest time.

Copies of the guide are available at Purdue Extension’s The Education Store at http://www.the-educa tion-store.com (search ID- 448). Individual copies are $5 each, and boxes of 25 can be purchased for $112.50—a 10 percent discount. Custom covers can be printed to feature group or company logos by contacting Kevin Smith at kevlsmith@purdue.edu. The deadline to order custom covers is June 14.

For more information, visit https://ag.purdue.edu/ agry/dtc/Pages/WheatFG. aspx or contact Gerber at 765/496-3755.

In addition to the wheat guide, Purdue Extension’s popular Corn and Soybean Field Guide is now available in an interactive iPad app format.

The app, also available through The Education Store, is based on the publication’s print version but includes new multimedia elements.

“This adds depth because the app includes video clips of scouting techniques and high-quality images of plant pests, diseases and nutrient deficiencies that make it easier for a farmer to diagnose a problem in the field,” said Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension corn specialist and contributor to the guide.

The app was developed by 3iD, located in the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette. The Purdue Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center (http://www.

agry.purdue.edu/dtc) provided all of the researchbased content.

DTC’s Gerber said he and the rest of the center’s team wanted to be leaders in developing digital tools, not followers.

“We developed the app to help farmers and crop professionals,” he said. “The printed edition of the guide is and will continue to be a great resource, but consultants and growers are increasingly plugged in to the latest technology. We wanted to create an app that would continue to be essential and useful to those who carry their mobile devices into the field.”

The guide’s corn and soybean management sections provide information about planting, growth and development, nutrient recommendations and nutrient deficiencies. They also include scouting information and management recommendations for insects, diseases, nematodes and vertebrate pests.

The app currently is available only in iPad format, but an iPhone version will be available later this year. To download it, visit http:// www.the-education-store. com and search for ID-179- APP. The cost is $12.99. — WLJ