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2001 Northwest Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference Proceedings

Overview | Acknowledgements | Table of Contents

January 17-19, 2001
Doubletree Hotel - City Center, Spokane, Washington

Organized as a Service to Northwest Growers by:
Please Thank Our Conference Sponsors



GOLD SPONSOR: Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc.

SILVER SPONSORS: Case IH, Jones Truck & Implement / Krause Corp. / Rankin Equipment, The McGregor Co., Novartis Seed Treatment


Helping Keep This Conference Affordable - Financial support from the Conference Sponsors helped reduce registration fees by partially covering Conference costs, including: travel for international, out-of-state, and PNW grower speakers; complimentary speaker registrations; facilities costs; this Proceedings, the lunch, refreshments, and other expenses.

With Help from PNW Cooperators

Columbia Plateau Wind Erosion/Air Quality Project
Washington Association of Wheat Growers
Oregon Wheat Growers League
Idaho Grain Producers Association
USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council
Pacific Northwest Oilseeds Association
Far West Agribusiness Association
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
Idaho Association of Soil Conservation District
Oregon Association of Conservation Districts
Washington Association of Conservation Districts

A Team Effort - Cooperative efforts with these grower organizations and Ag support groups helped to develop the Conference and promote it to Northwest growers and Ag support personnel.


Conference Coordinator and Proceedings Editor
Roger Veseth, WSU/UI Extension Conservation Tillage Specialist

Conference Program Advisors
Donn Thill, UI Weed Scientist
David Bezdicek, WSU Soil Microbiologist
R. James Cook, WSU Endowed Chair in Cropping Systems Research
Don Wysocki, OSU Soil Scientist
Stephen Guy, UI Extension Crop Management Specialist
David Huggins, USDA-ARS Agronomist
Dennis Roe, NRCS Resource Conservationist

Plus Input from:
Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association Board of Directors
Pacific Northwest STEEP Industry Advisory Committee
Pacific Northwest Direct Seed E-Mail List Server Group

Coordinating Registration, Sponsorships, Accounting, and Much More
Ken Maurer and Wendy Peay with the NW Direct Seed Conference Office at
The Maurer-Christensen Company, Pasco, WA

Additional Proceedings Copies

Additional Proceedings Copies Additional copies of this Proceedings are available for $10 (payable to Northwest Direct Seed Conference) from: Northwest Direct Seed Conference, P.O. Box 2002, Pasco, WA 99302, phone 509-547-5538, FAX 547-5563, e-mail (Direct Seed Conference Copies of the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Conference Proceedings are also available.

Proceedings on the Web

The Proceedings will be added to the Conference Web site ( For more information, contact Roger Veseth (208-885-6386), e-mail ( The 1998, 1999 and 2000 Conference Proceedings are also on the Web site.

Conference Videos

Conference Videos Videos of the seven Conference Focus Sessions will be produced by Darrell Kilgore, WSU Extension Video Specialist, through the Information Department of the WSU College of Agriculture and Home Economics. For information on purchase or loan of the videos, call the WSU Crop and Soil Science Dept. Extension Office at (509-335-2915) or Roger Veseth (208-885-6386), e-mail ( Videos of the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Conferences are also available. See the Conference Web site for details.

Table of Contents

Conference Speaker Biographical Summaries - Listed in Alphabetical Order


FOCUS SESSION I: International and Northern Great Plains Grower Experiences with Direct Seeding

Managing No-Till Farming in Northeast Australia - Jeff Esdaile, Former Director, Livingston Farms, Moree, New South Wales, Australia

Experiencing Changes in Soil Quality From 25 Years of Zero-Tillage in North Dakota - Mark Krebsbach, Grower, Tappen, ND

Direct Seed Cropping Systems in North Central Montana: Evolution of No-Till on Our Farm - Steve Keil, Grower, Conrad, MT

Direct Seed Systems in Germany and Europe - Michael Horsch, Grower and Equipment Manufacturer, Schwandorf, Germany

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

Direct Seed Systems in Northeastern Oregon: Doug and Carley Drake Ranch - Doug Drake, Heppner, OR - 9- to 11-inch annual rainfall zone

Direct Seed Systems in North Central Idaho - Todd Wittman, Lapwai, ID - 15- to 24-inch annual rainfall zone THURSDAY MORNING, JANUARY 18

Focus Session II: Managing for Soil Quality / Productivity Improvements

Tillage and Cropping Systems Change Organic Matter: Inland Northwest Research Update - Stewart Wuest, USDA-ARS Soil Scientist, Pendleton, OR

Building New Organic Soil Through Permanent No-Till in Old Eroded Chilean Soils - Carlos Crovetto, Grower and Author, Concepcion, Chile

Changes in Soil Quality and Productivity with Direct Seeding - John Aeschliman, Grower, Colfax, WA

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

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

Farming on the Dry Side in Eastern Washington - Jerry Snyder, Ritzville, WA - 9- to 11-inch annual rainfall zone


Focus Session III: Crops, Rotations and Management Strategies

Fall Dormant Seeding --- A Management Alternative - Kevin Zaychuk, Agronomist, Grow Tec Inc. Nisku, Alberta, Canada

Strategies for Boosting Yields of Brassica and Grain Legumes Under Direct Seed Systems - George Clayton, Cropping Systems Agronomist, Lethbridge Research Center, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Pacific Northwest Alternative Crops Production: Continuing to Address the Risks and Profitability - Chad Shelton, Division Agronomist, Western Farm Service, Spokane, WA

Straw Removal for Industrial Uses: Implications for Direct Seed Systems - Bill Pan, WSU Soil Scientist, Pullman, WA

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

Direct Seed Systems in the Intermediate Rainfall Zone of Eastern Washington - Tom Zwainz, Reardan / Colfax, WA - 17-inch annual rainfall zone

Direct Seed Systems in Higher Rainfall Zone of North Central Idaho - David Mosman, Nezperce, ID - 22- to 26-inch precipitation zone


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

Direct Seed Systems in Northeastern Oregon - Berkley "Berk" Davis, Pendleton, OR - 15- to 20-inch annual rainfall zone

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

Understanding Vole Problems in Direct Seeding -- Strategies for Management - Gary Witmer, Research Wildlife Biologist and Project Leader, Agricultural Rodent Damage Integrated Pest Management Project, USDA National Wildlife Research Center, Fort Collins, CO

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

Managing Volunteer After Herbicide-Resistant Crops - Curtis Rainbolt, University of Idaho Doctoral Weed Science Student, Moscow, ID; Donn Thill, UI Weed Scientist, Moscow; Dan Ball, OSU Weed Scientist, Pendleton, OR; Joe Yenish, WSU Extension Weed Scientist, Pullman, WA; and Frank Young, USDA-ARS Research Agronomist / Weed Scientist, Pullman

Weed Management Strategies for PNW Direct Seed and Reduced Tillage Systems - Frank Young, USDA-ARS Research Agronomist / Weed Scientist, Pullman, WA