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Video Captures Direct Seed Drill Demonstration

PULLMAN, Wash. — A 90-minute digital video that captured highlights of the June 25, 2002 Direct Seed Drill Demonstration near Genesee, Idaho, is now available for loan or purchase in either VHS or DVD format.

Roger Veseth, extension conservation tillage specialist for Washington State University and University of Idaho, said 11direct seed drills were featured in the demonstration.

Grower owners described each drill’s capabilities and limitations and reported their experiences on drill utilization in their direct seed system. Following each drill description, there is video footage of the drill seeding peas through standing winter wheat stubble from a 100 bushel per acre crop on slopes up to 40 percent.

Direct seed drills featured in the demonstration include: AgPro, Bourgault, Case-IH Concord, Cross Slot, Flexi-Coil 8100, Great Plains, Horsch, John Deere 1860, John Deere 455 behind a fertilizer shank implement, Krause, and Palouse MV 360.

The drill demonstration was initiated by a group of Palouse area growers and developed in cooperation with the Latah and Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation Districts, with support from a number of sponsoring and cooperating groups.

The video was jointly produced by Washington State University Cooperative Extension and University of Idaho Cooperative Extension System in cooperation with conservation districts.

An order form for loan or purchase of the video tapes or DVDs is available on the Web at http://pnwsteep.wsu.edu/updatenewsletter. Click on the November 2002 Issue of the PNW Conservation Tillage Update newsletter. The video costs $17, the DVD is $20. You can also request the videos or additional information from: Debbie Marsh, WSU Cooperative Extension, 509-335-2915, fax 509-335-1758, or e-mail to marshdj@wsu.edu.

Mailing address is: Crop and Soil Sciences Dept., P.O. Box 646420, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-6420.

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