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Conference Program

2005 Eighth Annual Northwest Direct Seed
Cropping Systems Conference and Trade Show

January 13-14, 2005
Mirabeau Park, Spokane Valley, WA

Click here for the agenda in .pdf printable format.

10:00 a.m.

International Systems

  • Evolution and Changes in Cropping: Some Differences That Make No-till in South America Successful, Dirceu Gassen, Technical Manager No-till Farmers Cooperative, Brazil
  • Farming Practices and Direct Seeding in Semiarid Steppes of North Kazakhstan and West Siberia, Dr. Mekhlis Suleimenov, Assistant Regional Coordinator ICARDA-CAC Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Lunch & Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association Annual Meeting
1:30 p.m.
Emerging Issues
  • Impact of Energy Costs on Agriculture, Dr. Duane Griffith, Extension Farm and Ranch Management Specialist, Montana State University, Bozeman
  • Impact of the Internet on Agriculture and Rural Communities, Dr. Bill Gillis, Director, Center to Bridge the Digital Divide, Washington State University, Pullman
3:30 p.m.
Cropping Systems
  • Direct Seed Experiences in Alberta, Don Wentz, Agronomist, Reduced Tillage Linkages, Lethbridge, Alberta
  • Glucosinolates an Opportunity in Agriculture, Jack Brown, Professor of Plant Breeding University of Idaho, Moscow
6:00 p.m.
Social Hour


7:45 a.m.
Low, Intermediate & High Rainfall Cropping Systems
  • Low
        Paul Shanno, The Dalles, OR
       Jim Hirst, Hirst Farms, Inc., Harrington, WA
        Bill Schillinger, Dryland Agronomist, Washington State University, Ritzville
  • Intermediate
       Fritz Hill, Hill Ranches Inc., Pendleton, OR
       Ron Kile, KLC Inc., Rosalia, WA
       Joe Yenish, Extension Weed Scientist, WSU, Pullman
  • High
       Eric Odberg, Odberg Farms, Genesee, ID
       Dick Wittman, Wittman Farms, Lewiston, ID
       Dave Huggins, Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS, Pullman, WA
8:55 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions Repeated

10:30 a.m.
Cropping Systems
  • Winter Pea and Lentil Production, Dr. Kevin McPhee, Research Geneticist, USDA-ARS, Pullman
  • Making Cropping Decisions in a 12 Inch Precipitation Zone, Bill Jepsen, Grower, Heppner, OR
  • On-farm Direct Seeding Results from Spokane and Whitman Counties, Dr. Diana Roberts, Agronomist, Washington State University Extension, Spokane
Lunch - Visit the Exhibits
1:00 p.m.

Soil Stewardship

  • Soil Health: Your Family's and Your Farm's Future, Dr. Anne Kennedy, Microbiologist, USDA-ARS, Pullman, WA
  • Alteration of Earthworm Populations and Soil Physical Properties Following Conversion to No-Till, Dr. Jodi Johnson Maynard, Soil Scientist, University of Idaho, Moscow
2:00 p.m.
Equipment and Farming Systems Technology

Applications of Precision Agriculture for PNW Growers, Dr. Fran Pierce, Precision Agriculture Center, Washington State University, Prosser
3:00 p.m.

Equipment and Farming Systems Technology

  • Travis Hillman, AG-Teq, The Dalles, OR
  • Kevin Anderson, Horsch-Anderson, Andover SD
  • Ag Vision and JD Global Ventures, James Cundiff, John Deere, Reno, NV
4:30 p.m.
Conference Adjourns

Conference Program Information

For more information on the Conference program, contact Don Wysocki, Conference Coordinator, 541-278-4396, e-mail (dwysocki@oregonstate.edu).

To receive a Conference brochure and pre-registration form when they are available, contact the NW Direct Seed Conference office at 509-783-4676, FAX 509-783-4674, or e-mail (Direct Seed Conference <heather@maurergroup.com>).


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