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Crops Research Featured at WSU/ARS Field Day

PULLMAN, Wash. — Eleven research programs involving new crop developments and direct seed management technologies in wheat, barley, dry peas, lentils and chickpeas will be featured at a combined field day for the Washington State University Spillman Agronomy Farm and Palouse Conservation Field Station near Pullman on June 29.

Registration and refreshments will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Spillman Farm, two miles south of Pullman on Johnson Road. Field tours at Spillman will begin at 8:30 a.m. Topics are:

  • Advances in Winter Wheat Breeding – Steve Jones, WSU winter wheat breeder
  • Genetically Enhanced Spring Wheat Varieties – Kim Kidwell, WSU spring wheat breeder
  • Breeding Club Wheat – Kim Campbell, USDA-Agricultural Research Service club wheat geneticist
  • Barley Breeding and Variety Dynamics – Steve Ullrich, WSU barley breeder
  • Breeding Dry Peas, Lentils and Chickpeas – Fred Muehlbauer and Kevin McPhee, ARS legume geneticists Positive Results of Chicken Feed Trials with Transgenic Barley Containing a Novel Betaglucanase – Diter von Wettstein, Nilan Distinguished Professor in Barley Genetics.

A no-host lunch will be served at noon, in the A.G. Law Seed Building at the WSU/USDA-ARS Palouse Conservation Field Station. A mile and a half north of Pullman on Highway 27, turn west and go half a mile on the Albion Road.

The luncheon program will feature the Kenny Morrison Extension Award and brief update reports from the Washington Association of Wheat Growers; Washington Wheat Commission; Washington Barley Commission; USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council; PNW Oilseeds Association; PNW Direct Seed Association; WSU College of Agriculture and Home Economics; and WSU Agricultural Research Center.

Afternoon field tours at the Palouse Conservation farm will begin at 1:30 p.m. Topics include:

  • Weed Management in Direct Seed Grain Legumes – Joe Yenish, WSU Cooperative Extension weed scientist
  • Alternative Crops and Crop Rotations for Direct Seed Systems – Derek Appel, WSU graduate student and Dave Huggins, USDA-ARS soil scientist
  • Carbon Sequestration: Management and Politics – Jeff Smith, USDA-ARS soil scientist
  • Differences in Residue Decomposition Among Cereal Cultivars – Tami Stubbs, WSU soils graduate student and Ann Kennedy, USDA-ARS soil microbiologist
  • Long-term Continuous No-Till Cereal Crops – David Weller, USDA-ARS plant pathologist.

Credits have been requested for state pesticide applicator recertification and certified crop adviser continuing education. For more information, contact Roger Veseth (208) 885-6386, or e-mail:

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