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WSU Organic Grain Field Day June 7

Mo and Larry take a break from eating field bindweed at the Body farm east of Pullman. The two animals are participating in a study on the use of goats to control weeds in organic grain production. The pair will greet visitors at WSU's 4th annual Organic Dryland Crop Field day on June 7.
Mo and Larry take a break from eating field bindweed at the Boyd farm east of Pullman. The two animals are participating in a study on the use of goats to control weeds in organic grain production. The pair will greet visitors at WSU's 4th annual Organic Dryland Crop Field day on June 7. Click image for a high resolution version.

PULLMAN, Wash. — Field studies on dryland organic grain production will be featured at the 4th annual Organic Dryland Grain Crop Field Day, scheduled June 7 at the Les and Pat Boyd farm located just north of the Moscow-Pullman Airport.

Field day topics:

  • Production systems that facilitate the transition from conventional to organic grain production
  • The economics of making the transition
  • Earthworms as indicators of soil health during the transition
  • Potential use of goats to control weeds biologically
  • Winter legumes as green manure cover crops
  • Seeding rates of hairy vetch as green manure
  • Rhizoctonia root disease and weed seed bank depletion in spring wheat
  • Palouse prairie refuge planting for weed suppression and beneficial insect conservation along farm margins
  • Conserving beneficial insect communities on dryland farms
  • The biology and ecology of prickly lettuce in the Pacific Northwest

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The field day will conclude about noon. The farm is located at 3801 Airport Road. A sign will be posted at the entrance.

For more information, contact Dennis Pittmann or Amanda Snyder at (509) 335-7484. They can be reached by e-mail at pittmann@wsu.edu and akoss@wsu.edu.

The event is free and open to the public.

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