Tillage Update newsletters -- This newsletter provides a timely
and effective technology transfer tool for STEEP and related research
projects. Update issues highlight new research technologies, information
resources and upcoming events related to direct seed cropping systems.
The current mailing list is over 2,800, including primarily PNW producers
(about 1,950), county Extension agents, Conservation Districts, NRCS
staff, and Ag service industry, Ag media and other support personnel.
Issues have also been posted on the Web site since 1995 (click on PNW
Update Newsletter) to greatly expand access to the newsletters beyond
the mailing list. E-mail / Web subscription options for the Update will
be available soon.
Tillage Handbook Series -- This PNW Extension Handbook currently
containing 166 Handbook Series publications and they are now all available
on the Web site (click on PNW Tillage Handbook). These publications
summarize the latest research technologies from the PNW STEEP conservation
tillage systems research program and other related PNW research efforts
from the perspective of how NW grower can incorporate the new technologies
into their management systems. Print copies of new Handbook Series are
distributed through the PNW Conservation Tillage Update newsletter.
Seed Cropping Systems Conferences -- A Web site Conference page
(click on Direct Seed Conferences) currently allows you to choose from
the six Conference years (1998 through 2003). It is utilized extensively
in publicizing the Conferences and providing access later to the proceedings
and video information. In advance of the Conferences, the sponsorship
/ trade show prospectus, Conference pre-registration, and poster exhibition
registration sections now include registration templates that can be
completed online, printed and mailed, or submitted directly via e-mail.
Resource Directories -- Two editions are currently available on
the Web site (click on Resource Directories), and the third is in progress.
They describe and provide access to information on more than 42 publications,
videos, and other Web sites with additional information on direct seed
Seed Grower Case Study Series -- A series of 16 full-color, 8-page
publications in this PNW Extension bulletin series were completed from
1999 through 2001 with 3000 print copies of each publication. The goal
of the NW Direct Seed Case Study series was to facilitate grower-to-grower
learning to enhance Northwest grower adaptation of direct seeding through
increased access to the knowledge and experiences of these innovative
growers. The Case Studies are all accessible on the PNW Web site (click
on Grower Case Studies), as PDF files that can be viewed and printed
as they look in published form. The first item on Case Study Series
Web page is a "Series Overview," which briefly describes the
format of the publications, and identifies the growers, farm locations,
precipitation zones and common crop rotations.
Seed E-mail / Web List Server -- This Web-based List Server (click
on Direct Seed List Server) offers an exciting communications link on
new information resources, events, research results, technology innovations
and experiences in the Inland Northwest. Begin with the brief overview
and procedures on how to use the List Server. Note that for your e-mail
privacy, the list server member list is not be accessible to List Server
participants. Also, to prevent e-mail computer viruses from being sent
to all participants, e-mails with attached files have now been blocked
from the List Server. List Server messages are sent and received by
e-mail and are also stored on the List Server Web site for later reference,
and for access by those added to the List Server over time. When the
List Server was established in late 1999, the initial address list included
about 230 university and USDA-ARS researchers, extension specialists,
county/area Ag extension educators, conservation districts, USDA-NRCS
staff, PNW grower organizations, Ag industries representatives, and
growers from across the dryland cropping areas of the Inland Northwest.
From this initial base network, the List Server has been expanding to
over 460 with interested growers and other Ag support personnel from
across the region. More than 150 messages have been send on the List
Server. You can join the List Server from the Web site. You can also
send your request to Roger Veseth, WSU / UI Extension Conservation Tillage
Specialist and List Server administrator, 208-885-6386, e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org),
and you will be sent an e-mail confirmation and more information on
how to use the List Server.
PNW STEEP Annual
Research Reports -- Annual reports for the PNW STEEP conservation
tillage systems research program in Idaho, Oregon and Washington for
1998 through 2001 are accessible on the PNW Web site (click on STEEP
Research Reports). Each report provides an annual summary of the results
and accomplishments of about 20 STEEP projects. This Web section also
includes a brief overview of the STEEP research program involving WSU,
OSU, UI and USDA-ARS. It also features listings of new STEEP projects
funded in 2001 and 2002, with project titles, researchers and project
Plateau Wind Erosion / Air Quality Project - Cropland wind erosion
has long been a concern to growers in the low precipitation regions
under dryland cropping and irrigation in the Pacific Northwest. This
Web page (click on Wind Erosion / Air Quality) provides an overview
of this comprehensive research and educational project involving a number
of land grant universities and federal and state agencies in the region.
The project includes research on defining and managing cropland sources
of dust and particulate. A 72-page color publication titled "Farming
with the Wind - Best Management Practices for Controlling Wind Erosion
and Air Quality on Columbia Plateau Croplands" is being added to
this Web page. The WSU Extension publication (MISC0208) provides a review
of the best management practices for controlling agricultural wind erosion
on the Columbia Plateau cropland, with highlights of research results
from the Columbia Plateau Wind Erosion / Air Quality Project. For ease
of computer access, this publication is being divided into separate
PDF files by chapters that are linked to a Table of Contents.
Testing - This Web section (click on On-Farm Testing) contains PNW
publications on on-farm testing methodologies and related resources
to help provide growers and Ag advisers with practical approaches on
how the more accurately evaluate the performance of new management strategies,
equipment and products for conservation farming systems in the field.
The results of over 250 on-farm trials in the region are available through
several annual reports from a multi-year PNW STEEP on-farm testing project.
A new, simple computer software program called "AGSTATS02"
is nearing completion for statistical analysis of the on-farm trial
results. This computer software, being developed through a STEEP project,
should be available from this Web site later in 2002.
Links -- A compilation of PNW, national and international Web sites
with new technology resources for direct seed cropping systems is available
on the Web site (click on Resource Links). Links are divided into four
geographic categories: Pacific Northwest; Northern Great Plains/Canadian
Prairie Provinces; U.S. - National; and International. Subdivision within
each of those categories typically include: Research and Extension,
Grower Organizations, and Ag Support Industries and Organizations. The
current edition of Resource Links is Version 3 - February 2002. This
listing is continually being expanded and updated. For everyone's benefit,
Web site users are encouraged to submit links to other Web sites related
to direct seed cropping systems.
Events -- This Web page (click on Coming Events) provides an ongoing
listing of conferences, field days, tours and other events related to
conservation tillage systems in the Northwest, as well as applicable
national and international events. Detailed descriptions and agendas
of seasonal field days and tours related to direct seed cropping systems
in the PNW are also posted.
-- This powerful new search engine (click on Search Our Site) allows
extensive key-word searches of the entire Web site.
PNW Direct Seed
Association - A link to the Home Page of the new Pacific Northwest
Direct Seed (grower) Association is listed in the Home Page Index of
this Web site (click on Direct Seed Association). PNDSA is becoming
an increasingly active partner in research and educational efforts on
direct seed cropping systems.
PNW Publication -- This December 2001 PNW Extension bulletin (PNW553)
is a full-color 42-page publication that describes the breadth and depth
of public and private research and extension programs to facilitate
the transition to direct-seed cropping in the dryland farming areas
of the region. Free copies of the publication are available through
PNW County Extension offices and you can also access it through this
PNW Web site at (http://pnwsteep.wsu.edu/pnw0552abstract.htm).
Let us know if you have any suggestions to help expand this Web site
to better serve NW growers and Ag support personnel in developing successful
direct seed cropping systems. Send them to Roger Veseth, e-mail (email@example.com)
or phone 208-885-6386.
Conservation Tillage Handbook Series publications are jointly produced
by University of Idaho Cooperative Extension System, Oregon State University
Extension Service and Washington State University Cooperative Extension.
Similar crops, climate, and topography create a natural geographic unit
that crosses state lines in this region. Joint writing, editing, and
production prevent duplication of effort, broaden the availability of
faculty, and substantially reduce costs for the participating states.
The Pacific Northwest Conservation Tillage Handbook is a large, three-ring
binder handbook that is updated with new and revised Handbook Series
publications. It was initiated in 1989 as a PNW Extension publication
in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Updates to the Handbook are provided
when the updating card is returned. By May of 2002, 58 new PNW Conservation
Tillage Handbook Series have been added to the original 98. Copies of
the complete Handbook are available for $20 through county extension
offices in the Northwest or ordered directly by calling state extension
publication offices: Idaho -- (208) 885-7982; Oregon -- (541)-737-2513;
Washington -- (509) 335-2999 (some shipping and handling charges and
sales tax may apply).
It's now accessible on the Internet! All of the PNW Conservation Tillage
Handbook and Handbook Series are on the Internet home page (http://pnwsteep.wsu.edu)
Pacific Northwest STEEP III Conservation Tillage Systems Information
Source. The home page also contains recent issues of the PNW STEEP III
Extension Conservation Tillage Update, listings of other conservation
tillage information resources, coming events and much more. For more
information on the Handbook or other Web site information, contact Roger
Veseth, WSU/UI Conservation Tillage Specialist, Plant Soil and Entomological
Sciences Department, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844-2339, phone
208-885-6386, FAX 208-885-7760, e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
programs and policies comply with federal and state laws and regulations
on nondiscrimination regarding race, color, gender, national origin,
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