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WSU Slates Spillman, Palouse Conservation Field Days

PULLMAN, Wash. — A combined field day for the Washington State University Spillman Agronomy Farm and USDA-ARS/WSU Palouse Conservation Field Station near Pullman will be held on June 29th.

Eleven research programs will be highlighted.

Registration and refreshments will be from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. at the Spillman Farm, two miles south of Pullman on Johnson Road. Field tours at Spillman will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Topics are:

  • Advances in Winter Wheat Breeding – Steve Jones, WSU winter wheat breeder
  • Genetically Enhanced Spring Wheat Varieties – Kim Kidwell, WSU spring wheat breeder
  • Breeding Club Wheat – Kim Campbell, ARS club wheat geneticist
  • Barley Breeding and Variety Dynamics – Steve Ullrich, WSU barley breeder
  • Breeding Dry Peas, Lentils and Chickpeas – Fred Muehlbauer and Kevin McPhee, ARS legume geneticists
  • Positive Results of Chicken Feed Trials with Transgenic Barley Containing a Novel Betaglucanase – Diter von Wettstein, Nilan Distinguished Professor in Barley Genetics.

A no-host lunch will be served at noon, in the A.G. Law Seed Building at the Palouse Conservation Field Station. A mile and a half north of Pullman on Highway 27, turn west and go half a mile on the Albion Road.

Afternoon field tours at the Palouse Conservation farm will be from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Topics include:

  • Weed Management in Direct Seed Grain Legumes – Joe Yenish, WSU Cooperative Extension weed scientist
  • Alternative Crops and Crop Rotations for Direct Seed Systems – Derek Appel, WSU graduate student and Dave Huggins, USDA-ARS soil scientist
  • Carbon Sequestration: Management and Politics – Jeff Smith, USDA-ARS soil scientist
  • Differences in Residue Decomposition Among Cereal Cultivars – Tami Stubbs, WSU soils graduate student and Ann Kennedy, USDA-ARS soil microbiologist
  • Long-term Continuous No-Till Cereal Crops – Jim Cook, WSU endowed chair in Cropping Systems Research.

Credits are requested for state pesticide applicator recertification and certified crop adviser continuing education. For more information, contact Roger Veseth (208) 885-6386, or e-mail:

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