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Alternative Cropping Practices Twilight Tour June 18

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University research on alternative cropping practices for low rainfall dryland areas will be featured during a twilight tour from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 18 at the Ron Jirava Farm near Ritzville.

Jirava is converting his farm from a traditional winter wheat-summer fallow rotation to no-till and diversified crops. WSU researchers are examining the feasibility of a new no-till cropping system with a crop rotation that includes two years of spring wheat followed by two years of broadleaf crops.  This rotation is being compared with continuous spring wheat.  Weed control under no-till conditions also will be discussed on the tour.

The Jirava farm is located four miles west of Ritzville on Rosenoff Road, then one mile north on Dewald Road.

Contact Bill Schilinger, WSU Cooperative Extension dryland research agronomist, at (509) 659-0355 for further information.

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