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2003 Direct Seed Conference Set

PULLMAN, Wash. — More than 800 people are expected to attend the sixth Northwest Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference and Trade Show, Jan. 8-10, in Pasco, Wash.

The program will feature over 28 speakers, including 6 growers from Idaho, Oregon, Washington, South Dakota and New Zealand. Roger Veseth, extension conservation tillage specialist for Washington State University and the University of Idaho, said program highlights include:

  • The debate on high versus low disturbance openers
  • Stacked rotation and other pest management strategies
  • Transition economics
  • Crop marketing strategies for direct seeders
  • Residue management
  • New weed control options
  • Managing for increased soil carbon and productivity
  • Grower experiences across the region.

Activities and accomplishments of Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association will also be highlighted.

At least 10 drill company representatives will present new innovations in direct seed drills and openers for seed and fertilizer placement, residue management and hillside stability, Veseth said.

Conference participants will be given free admission to the Pacific Northwest STEEP Research Review, on Nov. 7-8. STEEP is an acronym for Solutions to Environmental and Economic Problems. It is a cooperative research and educational program on conservation tillage systems through WSU, UI, Oregon State University and the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

January’s direct seed conference is sponsored by STEEP and the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association. The association is a grower-led organization.

Agricultural support companies and more than a dozen grower organizations and support groups and agencies are co-sponsoring the conference.

More information on the program and registration is available at http://pnwsteep.wsu.edu/directseed, or by calling the Conference Office, (509) 547-5538, or FAX (509) 547-5563. Information also is available by e-mailing Wendy Peay at wpeay@mcmgt.com.

A Sponsorship and Trade Show prospectus is available on the Web site or from the Conference Office.

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