PULLMAN, Wash. — Katharina Zimmer, senior vice president of investments for Salomon Smith Barney in Portland, will discuss the edge that Pacific Northwest breeding programs provide in international wheat markets at the annual field day of Washington State University Spillman Agronomy Farm on July 12.
The field day provides area growers an opportunity to observe at one location many different generations of experimental lines of cereal and legume crops being developed by WSU and U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service scientists.
Several new crops approved for release this year by the WSU Agricultural Research Center will be highlighted:
- Finch, a new winter wheat
- Merrit and Pennell, two new lentils, and
- Sierra, a new chickpea
Wheat quality specialists and representatives from the Federal Grain Inspection Service will discuss enhancements to quality determinations in new varieties.
Registration begins at 8 a.m.; field tours at 8:15 a.m. Zimmer will speak during a noon luncheon, during which the 14th Kenneth J. Morrison Award in Agronomy and Soils will be presented. The award recognizes WSU extension faculty for significant contributions to agronomic crop production and soil management.
Co-sponsors and cooperators who have contributed to the success of WSU agricultural research during the previous year also will be recognized.
Contact John Burns, WSU Cooperative Extension agronomist, at (509) 335-2915 for more information and an agenda.
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