Small Grains Specialist
University of Minnesota
Hard Red Spring Wheat in Minnesota; Pushing Limits
Thursday, January 24 11:00am - 12:00pm Room 6
Friday, January 26 11:00am - 12:00pm Room 6
A native of the Netherlands, Dr. Wiersma has served as the University of Minnesota's Small Grains Extension Specialist since 1995. His extension mission is to develop educational programs, to organize grower and industry meetings, and to handle inquiries and requests from the public. His research mission is to develop the knowledge base that meets the grower's production and management needs such that wheat, barley and oat production is profitable and sustainable.
Minnesota's Hard Red Spring Wheat Acreage (HRSW) acreage has declined to about half of what is was in the middle of the 1990's. The fight for acres continues as initially soybeans and now corn encroach. The need to maximize grain yield while producing high quality HRSW creates plenty of agronomic challenges. Nitrogen and disease management are two key elements that growers deploy to maintain HRSW acreage.