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NW Direct Seed Conference Video, Proceedings Available

PULLMAN, Wash. — If you missed the 2nd Northwest Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference and Trade Show in Spokane, Jan. 5-7, digital-quality videos and a detailed printed proceedings are available.

Nearly 900 people attended the conference, which was organized by the Pacific Northwest STEEP III program and co-sponsored by 12 agricultural support companies, in cooperation with 11 PNW grower organizations, conservation district associations and other support groups and agencies.

The STEEP III program is a cooperative research and educational effort on conservation tillage systems through the University of Idaho, Oregon State University, Washington State University, and USDA – Agricultural Research Service. STEEP stands for Solutions To Environmental and Economic Problems.

Thirty-seven speakers presented information on national and international trends and experiences; agronomics and economics of new crops and crop rotations; economics and strategies for the transition to direct seeding; grower experience with systems and equipment for direct seeding; direct seed grain legumes — expanding the NW production region; making sense of the direct seed row spacing debate, and managing for improved soil quality and yield potential with direct seeding.

Video tapes of these presentations will be available Jan. 22 for $15 each, or be borrowed from Washington State University Cooperative Extension. Eleven video tapes cover the conference. For detailed descriptions of topics and speakers included on each video, contact Marguerite Winterowd, Cooperative Extension Office, Crop and Soil Sciences Dept., Washington State University, P.O. Box 646420, Pullman, WA 99164-6420, FAX 335-1758, phone 509-335-2915, or e-mail

A 225-page proceedings provides a detailed summary of the 37 speaker presentations. It is available for $10 (including mailing) payable to NW Direct Seed Conference, ATTN: Heather Filbin, P.O. 2002, Pasco, WA 99320, FAX 509-547-5563, phone 547-5538, or e-mail

For more information on these Conference resources, contact Roger Veseth, Conference Coordinator and WSU/UI Conservation Tillage Specialist, 208-885-6386, or e-mail

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