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June 14: Crop advances for Washington’s drylands focus of Lind Field Day

Posted by struscott | May 11, 2018
Visitors to Lind Field Day walk through and feel test test plots of wheat.
Visitors to Lind Field Day inspect wheat varieties being tested for use in Washington’s drylands.

Farmers can learn about the newest crop varieties and practices for Washington’s drylands, and meet the new dean of Washington State University’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS), at WSU’s Lind Field Day, Thursday, June 14.

Hosting a tour of the Lind Dryland Research Station, WSU and U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers will share the latest information on winter and spring wheat breeding efforts; glyphosate and soil microbes; winter pea varieties, agronomy, markets, and weed control; and production of winter triticale versus winter wheat.

André-Denis Girard Wright, new dean of CAHNRS, will attend the field day, meet stakeholders, and discuss the future of WSU agricultural research and partnerships.

A world-renowned researcher in animal sciences, Wright is the former director of the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the University of Arizona. For more than 20 years, he has researched ways to help animals use nutrients more efficiently, reduce methane, and increase food production, sustainably. Wright uses next-generation techniques to understand the link between genetics, microbes and our immune system, helping improve human and animal health and fighting diseases like colon cancer and Crohn’s disease. Wright begins his duties as CAHNRS dean June 1.

Xianming Chen handles a stalk of grain in a test plot.
WSU researcher Xianming Chen examines triticale at the Lind Field Day.

In addition to Wright, leaders from Washington Grain Commission, Washington Association of Wheat Growers, Pacific Northwest Canola Association, and the Washington State Legislature will provide industry-relevant updates at this popular field day.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the field tour starting at 9 a.m. A complimentary lunch, program and ice cream social follow the field tour.

Lind Dryland Station is located at 781 E Experiment Station Road, Lind, Wash.

The Lind Field Day is free and open to the public. Washington pesticide credits have been requested.

For more information, contact Bill Schillinger, WSU research agronomist and director at Lind Station, at (509) 235-1933 or by email at william.schillinger@wsu.edu.