The 2009 University of Kentucky Wheat Field Day is May 19 at Boddie Farm in Christian County.

This year's program will again highlight variety trials conducted by UK College of Agriculture specialists, in addition to offering a variety of topics covering, among others, insect pests, nitrogen and fungicides.

Field day topics include Pembroke Wheat; nitrogen sources and additives, ultra-early fungicide applications, wheat row width (wide versus narrow), monitoring insect pests, an update on managing Italian ryegrass and a look at how much your straw really is worth.

The field day is an annual event of the UK Wheat Science Group. This year's program begins at 8:30 a.m. CDT and concludes at noon with a lunch provided by the Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association.

To reach the farm from the north or east, take the by-pass, Route 3493, around Hopkinsville. Take Highway 107, Lafayette Road, just over Interstate 24, turn left onto Highway 345, travel south nearly 6 miles and turn right onto Boddie Road.

From the west, take I-24 to Exit 73, Gracey/Newstead, and turn right onto Highway 117. Travel 9.7 miles, then turn right onto Highway 345. Continue for 2.7 miles then turn right onto Boddie Road.

Once on Boddie Road, go 1.8 miles and turn left onto Lovelady Lane. Proceed a half mile and turn right at the Field Day sign.

Continuing education credits for certified crop advisers will be available in the areas of nutrient management, 0.5 hour; pest management, 1 hour; and crop management, 1.5 hours. In the pesticide area, one general hour and one specific hour in categories 1a, 10 and 12 will be available from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

For more information, contact Dottie Call, Wheat Science Group coordinator, at 270-265-7541, ext. 234 or dcall@uky.edu.