Amber waves of wheat are becoming a more frequent sight in Alabama.

To address the growing interest in wheat production, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System's agronomy team will hold two grower meetings in north and central Alabama in August and September.

Speakers and discussion group participants will include researchers from Auburn University and the universities of Arkansas and Georgia as well as personnel from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the local agricultural industry.

The north Alabama meeting will be held Aug. 23 at the Aerospace Training Center at Calhoun Community College, located north of Decatur.

The central Alabama meeting will be held Sept. 1 at the Richard Beard Building Auditorium at the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries headquarters in Montgomery.

Speakers and other participants will include Kip Balkcom, USDA-ARS research agronomist; Charles Burmester, Extension agronomist; Kathy Flanders, Extension entomologist and Auburn University professor of entomology; Austin Hagan, Extension plant pathologist and Auburn University professor of plant pathology; Brenda Ortiz, Extension agronomist and Auburn University assistant professor of agronomy; Gene Milus, plant pathologist at the University of Arkansas; Jerry Johnson, wheat breeder at the University of Georgia; LaDon Day, program director of Variety Evaluation at the University of Georgia; and Brad Meyer, an agronomist with Agri-AFC Alabama.

For more information, contact Ortiz at (334) 844-5534 or Burmester at (256) 353-8702 or your regional agronomy Extension agent.

The meetings are sponsored by the Alabama Wheat and Feed Grain Check-off Committee.