40th Swank Variety Plot Tour, July 19

The 40th Swank Variety Plot Tour on Monday, July 19 will be held at the Swank farm north of Poplar. This event has two pesticide applicator points available.

Beginning at 5 p.m. at Swank test plots, introductions by Dr. Chengci Chen, EARC Superintendent, will lead into presentations by four invited plant breeders and new varieties of durum, spring wheat, and pulse crops. From MSU-Bozeman, Dr. Mike Giroux and Dr. Jason Cook; and from USDA-ARS, Dr. Rebecca McGee; and a presentation about genes related to protein concentration in grains by Dr. Clarice Coyne from USDA-ARS.

Following the variety tour, enjoy a steak supper in the farmyard at 6 p.m. Dinner is sponsored by Roosevelt County Extension, Culbertson Chamber of Commerce, Pearl Swank Family, and their neighbors, as well as local businesses, including First Community Bank, Culbertson, Independence Bank, Poplar and C & B Operations LLC, Culbertson. Ice cream is once again provided by a generous donation from Arne Sutton Insurance Agency.

During and after dinner Dr. Frankie Crutcher, EARC, will speak on Integrated Management Systems to Control Fusarium Head Blight; and Dr. Charlie Lim, EARC postdoc research associate, will speak on Weed Herbicide Resistance and Management in Wheat.

Everyone is invited to attend. The Swank Farm is located at 5106 Road 2041. From Hwy 2 (mile marker 617), go north on Hwy 251 (RY Trail) for 20.5 miles, then 3 miles west on Road 2041 or 20 miles west of Froid on Hwy 344, 3 miles north on Road 1041, then 10 miles west on Road 2041. For further information, please contact the MSU Extension-Roosevelt County at 406-787-5312.


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