The 2004 Small Grain Field Day will be held Thursday, May 20, in conjunction with the Northeast Ag Expo in Hertford, N.C.

The field day will be held at the Hat Seed Farm in Perquimans County. White Hat Seed Farm is located on New Hope Road about 6.5 to 7 miles from its intersection with U.S. Highway 17.

From Edenton, take U.S. 17 North for 12 to 13 miles and turn right onto New Hope Road. There is a stoplight at the intersection.

From Elizabeth City, take U.S. 17 South for 14 to 15 miles and turn left onto New Hope Road.

Scientists from North Carolina State University will be on hand to discuss research pertaining to small grain production in North Carolina.

Field tours will cover 40 varieties of wheat, varieties of triticale, oats, barley and rye. Other trials include fungicide seed treatments for conventional- and no-till wheat, as well as tests for hard red winter wheat varieties and pre-emergence and postemergence for annual ryegrass control.

N.C. Neuse and McCormick are among the varieties being evaluated. N.C. Neuse was released by North Carolina State University. McCormick was released by Virginia Tech.

Poster presentations will also cover topics such as factors influencing milling quality of wheat, Hessian fly control and small grain fertilization.

The event is free.

North Carolina Agricultural Research Service, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and the North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association sponsor the event.

For more information, contact Lewis Smith, Perquimans County Extension director, at 252-426-5428.