2001 NW Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference and Trade Show, Teams Up With Spokane Ag Expo and PNW Farm Forum

Preliminary Agenda

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NOTE: Conference registration will provide entrance into the Spokane Ag Expo and the Pacific Northwest Farm Forum on January 16-18 (separately $8 each). Early Conference registration will be available in the Doubletree Hotel beginning Tuesday morning January 16.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16

9:00 a.m. - * Spokane Ag Expo begins
- 5:00 p.m. * Direct Seed Conference registration in Doubletree Hotel
  * PNW Farm Forum seminars begin
3:00 p.m. Pacific Northwest Oilseeds Association Conference begins (call 509-547-5538 for Program Information)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17

9:00 a.m. - * Spokane Ag Expo
- 6:00 p.m. * Direct Seed Conference registration in Doubletree Hotel
  * PNW Farm Forum seminars
1:00 p.m. Direct Seed Conference introduction and welcome

Focus Session I: International and Northern Great Plains Grower Experiences with Direct Seeding

1:05 Managing No-Till Farming in Northeast Australia- Jeff Esdaile, Manager, Livingston Farms, New South Wales, Australia
1:50 Direct Seed Cropping Systems in North Central North Dakota - Mike Dick, Grower, Munich, ND
2:25 Direct Seed Cropping Systems in North Central Montana - Steve Keil, Grower, Conrad, MT
3:00 Break -- View Direct Seed Poster Exhibition
3:20 Direct Seed Systems in Germany and Europe - What's Driving it and Important Management Strategies - Michael Horsch, Grower and Equipment Manufacturer, Schwandorf, Germany

Northwest Grower Highlights: Experiences with the Transition to Direct Seed Cropping Systems (Session 1 of 4)

4:05 Direct Seed Systems in Northeastern Oregon - Doug Drake, Heppner, OR - 9- to 11-inch annual rainfall zone
4:35 Direct Seed Systems in North Central Idaho - Todd Wittman Lapwai, ID - 15- to 24-inch annual rainfall zone
5:05 Adjourn -- Viewing of Spokane Ag Expo -- including direct seed systems technologies -- open until 6:00 - Dinner on your own

Bear and Bull Pit Sessions

7:00 Exploring International / Northern Great Plains Grower Experiences with Direct Seeding - Afternoon speaker panel of Jeff Esdaile - Australia; Mike Dick - North Dakota; Steve Keil - Montana; and Michael Horsch - Germany
8:00 Strategies for Optimizing Effectiveness of Pre-Plant Burndown Herbicides - Panel of Donn Thill, UI Weed Scientist, Moscow; Dan Ball, OSU Weed Scientist, Pendleton, OR; Joe Yenish, WSU Extension Weed Scientist, Pullman, WA; and Sheldon Blank, Monsanto Technology Development Manager, Kennewick, WA
9:00 Adjourn

THURSDAY MORNING JANUARY 18

Focus Session II: Managing for Soil Quality / Productivity Improvements

7:45 Inland Northwest Research Update on Soil Quality Changes with Direct Seeding - Stewart Wuest, USDA-ARS Soil Scientist, Pendleton, OR
8:25 Building New Organic Soil Through Permanent No-till in Old Eroded Chilean Soils - Carlos Crovetto, Grower and Author, Concepcion, Chile
9:20 Changes in Soil Quality and Productivity with Direct Seeding - John Aeschliman, Colfax, WA Grower
10:00 Break -- View Direct Seed Poster Exhibition

Northwest Grower Highlights: Experiences with the Transition to Direct Seed Cropping Systems (Session 2 of 4)

10:30 What I Know About Direct Seeding or Why I Haven't Sold the Plow - Leroy "Lee" Druffel, Colton, WA - 15- to 20+-inch annual rainfall zone
11:00 Farming on the Dry Side in Eastern Washington - Jerry Snyder, Ritzville, WA - 9- to 11-inch annual rainfall zone
11:30 Lunch (provided) and view the Spokane Ag Expo -- including direct seed systems technologies

THURSDAY AFTERNOON JANUARY 18

Focus Session III: Crops, Rotations and Management Strategies

1:00 Polymer Coated Seed for Fall Dormant Seeding of Spring Crops - Kevin Zaychuk, Grow Tec Inc. Nisku, Alberta, Canada
1:40 Strategies for Boosting Yields of Brassica and Grain Legumes under Direct Seed Systems - George Clayton, Cropping Systems Agronomist, Lethbridge Research Center, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
2:25 Pacific Northwest Alternative Crops -- Prospects for the Future - Chad Shelton, Regional Agronomist, Western Farm Service, Spokane, WA
2:55 Straw Removal for Industrial Uses -- Implications for Direct Seed Systems - Bill Pan, WSU Soil Scientist, Pullman, WA
3:25 Break
   

Northwest Grower Highlights: Experiences with the Transition to Direct Seed Cropping Systems (Session 3 of 4)

3:40 Direct Seed Systems in Intermediate Rainfall Eastern Washington - Tom Zwainz, Reardan / Colfax, WA - 17-inch annual rainfall zone
4:05 Direct Seed Systems in Higher Rainfall North Central Idaho - David Mosman, Nezperce, ID - 22- to 26-inch precipitation zone
4:30 Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association annual meeting
5:30 Adjourn -- Dinner on your own

Evening Discussion / Social

7:00 Interactive Discussion on Managing for Soil Quality / Productivity Improvements with Direct Seeding - Panel of morning Focus Session speakers: Stewart Wuest - Pendleton, OR; Carlos Crovetto, Concepcion, Chile; John Aeschliman, Colfax, WA
8:00 Direct Seed Social and Old Time Fiddle Champions

FRIDAY MORNING, JANUARY 19

Northwest Grower Highlights: Experiences with the Transition to Direct Seed Cropping Systems (Session 4 of 4)

7:30 Direct Seed Systems in Northeastern Oregon - Berk Davis, Pendleton, OR - 15- to 20-inch annual rainfall zone
8:00 Direct Seed Systems in Northeastern Washington - Randy and Jeff Emtman, Valleyford, WA - 18- to 25-inch annual rainfall zone

Focus Session IV: Weed and Rodent Management Strategies

8:30 Understanding Vole Problems in Direct Seeding -- Strategies for Management - Gary Witmer, Project Leader, Agricultural Rodent Damage IPM Project, USDA National Wildlife Research Center, Fort Collins, CO
9:15 Impact of Tillage Intensity on Weed Populations and Associated Weed Management Strategies on the Canadian Prairies - Bob Blackshaw, Weed Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada, Lethbridge, Alberta
10:00 Break
10:15 Managing Volunteer after Herbicide-Resistant Crops - Curtis Rainbolt, UI Doctoral Weeds Candidate, Moscow, ID; Donn Thill, UI Weed Scientist; Dan Ball, OSU Weed Scientist, Pendleton, OR; and Joe Yenish, WSU Extension Weed Scientist, Pullman, WA; and Frank Young, USDA-ARS Weed Scientist, Pullman
10:45 Weed Management Strategies for PNW Direct Seed and Reduced Tillage Systems - Frank Young, USDA-ARS Weed Scientist, Pullman, WA
11:20 Open Forum with Morning Weed Management Speakers - Bob Blackshaw, Curtis Rainbolt, Frank Young
12:00 Closing Comments and Adjourn

Recertification Credits
State Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits for Idaho, Oregon and Washington, and Certified Crop Advisor Continuing Education Units have been requested for the Conference.

Spokane Ag Expo Will Feature Direct Seed Systems Technology
The Northwest Direct Seed Trade Show that has been part of past Conferences will be a special feature of the 2001 Spokane Ag Expo. For exhibitor information, contact Dennis Fiess at the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce Ag Bureau, phone 509-459-4114, fax 509-459-0077, e-mail (dfiess@chamber.spokane.net), or visit their Web site (www.spokanechamber.org/agexpo).

Hotel Reservations
Reserve your room at the Spokane Doubletree Hotel-City Center 800-222-TREE or 509-455-9600 and ask for the low Conference rates of $58 - one bed for 1 or 2 people; $68 - two beds for 2 people and $78 - two beds for 3 people, plus tax. The special Conference rates may not be available after Dec. 29. Once the Doubletree Hotel rooms are filled, Conference participants will be referred to several nearby hotels that will match the room rates.

Pre-Registration
Conference pre-registration is $75 (spouse $35) and includes entrance into the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum (separately $8 each), the in-depth Conference Proceedings, 2000 PNW STEEP research report, Thursday lunch, and refreshment breaks. After January 10, registration will be $90 (spouse $45).

Conference Brochure and Sponsorship Prospectus
Ag industries and organizations with equipment, products and/or services related to direct seed intensive cropping systems are encouraged to be Conference co-sponsors in order to help keep registration fees affordable for NW growers. To receive a Conference sponsorship prospectus or Conference brochure, contact the NW Direct Seed Conference office at 509-547-5538, FAX 547-5563, or e-mail (Direct Seed Conference maurer@owt.com ). The Conference Web site (http://pnwsteep.wsu.edu/directseed/conf2k1) also provides access to the latest Conference information.


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