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Ag Field Day Slated by WSU, USDA

PULLMAN, Wash. — A joint field day for the USDA-ARS/WSU Palouse Conservation Field Station and WSU Spillman Agronomy Farm near Pullman, Wash., will be held on July 8, 1999.

Eleven research programs will be highlighted during field tours at the two research farms.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the Palouse Conservation Field Station, located 1.5 miles north of Pullman on State Highway 27, then a half mile west on the Albion Road. Tours will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

A hosted lunch will be served at noon at the Spillman Agronomy Farm, two miles south of Pullman on Johnson Road. Afternoon field tours at Spillman will be from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Research tour topics at the Palouse Conservation Field Station include: Crop choices and management strategies for direct seeding into heavy residues. Tillage and residue management effects on jointed goatgrass establishment. Transgenic biocontrol of soil-borne root diseases. Managing soil pH under direct seeding. Management effects on soil microbes, soil carbon and global climate change.

Afternoon tour topics at Spillman will feature new crop breeding developments in winter and spring varieties of wheat, barley, pea, and lentil, and spring chickpea.

Credits have been requested for state pesticide applicator recertification and Certified Crop Adviser continuing education. For more information on the field day, contact Steve Dofing at 509-335-5831or e-mail: dofing@wsu.edu or Roger Veseth at 208-885-6386 or e-mail: rveseth@uidaho.edu.

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