LIND, Wash. — University and USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists will update growers on crops and crop management research during the annual field day of Washington State University’s Dryland Research Station on June 15.
During the noon program, a laboratory-sheaf house at the station will be dedicated to the memory of Richard Deffenbaugh, a Horse Heaven Hills wheat farmer who secured money for its construction while serving as chair of the Washington Wheat Commission.
Registration for the field day begins at 8:30 a.m. Plot tours will start at 9 a.m. Morning tours will feature findings on suppression of root diseases by cropping practices; cheat grass control in winter wheat; no-till cropping systems, and developments in spring wheat, winter wheat and club wheat breeding.
A no-host lunch is scheduled at noon. In addition to the building dedication, growers will hear a legislative update from Ninth District Rep. Mark Schoesler as well as reports from Dixie Riddle, Washington Association of Wheat Growers; Lynn Blair, the Washington Wheat Commission; James Zuiches, dean of WSU’s College of Agriculture and Home Economics, and Ralph Cavalieri, director of WSU’s Agricultural Research Center.
After the noon program, growers will be able to view research on alternative crops or see research on soil quality changes with intensified cropping.
The field day will end with a 2 p.m. ice cream social hosted by the Alumni and Development Office of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics.
The event is free and open to the public. Contact Bill Schillinger at (509) 659-0355 for more information.
The station is located about four miles northwest of Lind on Experiment Station Road.
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