NORTHWEST DIRECT SEED GROWER
CASE STUDY PUBLICATIONS
--- New Additions
by Roger Veseth, WSU/UI Extension Conservation Tillage Specialist, Moscow,
The first six of
16 Pacific Northwest Extension bulletins in a new case study series on
"Direct Seeding in the Inland Northwest" have been printed and
are available on the Internet. The last 10 of these full color glossy
publications will be published in groups of 3-4 between April and July
as they move though the final editing and PNW review process. Information
on accessing print and on-line copies is provided below.
These case studies are being developed through grants from the Western
SARE and PNW STEEP programs and are available free. They can be ordered
through your local Cooperative Extension office or directly from the extension
publication offices in Idaho (208) 885-7982, Oregon (541) 737-2513 and
Washington (800) 723-1763.
As soon as the publications go to press, they are also put on our PNW
Conservation Tillage Systems Web site (http://pnwsteep.wsu.edu)
-- click on Direct Seed Case Studies for viewing, printing or downloading
in PDF (Acrobat) format, just as they appear in the printed form. The
first item on this Web page is an "Overview of the Series,"
which briefly describes the format of the publications, and identifies
the growers, farm locations, and common crop rotations.
Why a NW Direct
Seed Case Study Series?
Many established direct seed growers say one of the keys to their success
was having other direct seed growers share their experiences and knowledge
with them as they developed their own system. This series of 16 case studies
will allow grower and Ag support personnel -- and anyone interested in
direct seeding -- to learn from growers experienced with direct seeding
throughout the Inland Northwest.
Each case study features
a single farm operation and typically contains the following components:
1) How the growers started direct seeding, and lessons learned; 2) Description
of their current direct seed system including: crops and rotation, residue
management, weed, disease and insect control, fertility management and
fertilizer application, seeding strategies; 3) Description and evaluation
of the drills they are using; 4) - Primary benefits and challenges of
direct seeding seen by the growers; 5) Advice for growers new to direct
seeding; 6) Economic summary (when available).
The farms featured
in this case study series are located across the range of rainfall zones
in the Inland NW region of Washington, Idaho and Oregon. They utilize
a variety of equipment options and cropping systems. The following is
a listing of the first six publication that are available, including annual
precipitation and general farm location.
New Series Publications
- Direct Seeding in the Inland Northwest: John Rea Farm Case Study - -
7-9 inches annual precipitation, west of Walla Walla, WA
- Direct Seeding in the Inland Northwest: Aeschliman Farm Case Study -
- John and Cory Aeschliman, 15-20 inches annual precipitation, south of
- Direct Seeding in the Inland Northwest: Frank Lange Farm Case Study
- - 17-20 inches annual precipitation, near Palouse Washington
- Direct Seeding in the Inland Northwest: Steve and Nathan Riggers Farm
Case Study - - 22-25 inches annual precipitation, near Craigmont and Nezperce,
- Direct Seeding in the Inland Northwest: Mike Sr. and Mike Jr. Thomas
Farm Case Study - - 15 inches annual precipitation, near Prescott, WA
- Direct Seeding in the Inland Northwest: Jack, Mike and Jeremy Ensley
Farm Case Study - - 18-20 inches annual precipitation, near Colfax, WA