Stumpf Wheat Center near Grant officially open
By Tim Linscott
The Grant Tribune Sentinel
Let the work begin...
The Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center just outside of Grant officially opened on June 23 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and hosted a West Central Water and Crops Field Day to begin the process of becoming a hub for agriculture science.
According to University of Nebraska extension officials, approximately 230 people attended the event, which included discussion panels, research presentations and field tours.
A solid number of students and young professionals attended the sessions to learn more about the ground-breaking research being done at the wheat center.
“It was very encouraging seeing all the young interested in all of the information provided,” Strahinja Stepanovic, extension educator for Perkins and Chase Counties, said.
Informational sessions included talks from John Holman of Kansas State, discussing the effects of cover crops on the water budget, and Roric Paulman of the Nebraska Water Balance Alliance (NEWBA) discussing new ways of preserving and using water resources.
Tours included a wheat variety tour, a mobile pesticide application technology overview and a look at soil biodiversity for managing insect pests and plant pathogens.
Provided by a donation of land and over $1 million, the Marvin J. Stumpf International Wheat Center was made possible by Grant resident Marvin Stumpf.
The center will do international research, demonstrations and teach wheat-based system practices. According to university officials, the practices done at the wheat center will be “applicable to wheat production worldwide.”