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CONSERVATION FARMING UPDATE - MAY1996



June 18 Direct Seeding Drill Demo and Research Field Day on Direct Seeding CRP Take-out and Spring Recropping

-A Cooperative Feature of the Monsanto Fields of Tomorrow –

Research trials on direct seeding for CRP take-out and spring recropping, and direct seeding demonstrations with 5 drill will be featured in a field day near Waterville, WA on June 18, 1996. It is part of the Monsanto’s “Fields of Tomorrow” field day program in cooperation with Washington State University, University of Idaho and a number of area grower groups, and Ag support agencies and industries.

The trials and Fields of Tomorrow program are located about 11 miles east of Waterville off Highway 2 on the Tony Viebrock farm (2 miles west of Farmer and ˝ miles south). The field site is in an 11-inch annual rainfall zone and its 9th year of CRP crested wheatgrass. Hard red spring wheat was seeded April 18 with 5 direct seeding drills and air seeders, and under a conventional tillage system. Direct seeding implements include: Concord airseeder; Flexicoil 5000 and 1330 airseeders; John Deere 750 disc drill; and John Deere HZ deep furrow drill. The conventional tillage operations included a discing, conventional fertilizer injection, second discing, and seeding with the John Deere HZ drill. The trial is repeated in undisturbed CRP grass, CRP grass cut and chopped with a combine in fall 1995, and in spring wheat stubble.

Direct seeding demonstrations will be conducted adjacent to their April-seeded research trials in undisturbed grass, combine-flailed grass and standing spring wheat stubble. Copies of a March 1996 preliminary summary of a WSU statewide research project on management considerations for returning CRP land to crop production will be available at the field day.

Registration and refreshments begin at 8:00 a.m. Drill demonstrations and tours of the CRP take-out and spring recropping trials are from 9:00 to 12:30. Other morning tour topics include Monsanto’s new experimental selective cheatgrass herbicide, biotechnology field exhibits of Roundup Ready soybeans and Canola, and CRP weed control with Roundup Ultra RT.

A complimentary lunch catered by Longhorn Barbecue is scheduled from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Presentations are planned from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. A panel on direct seeding and annual cropping include three producers: Darrel Oech - Beach, ND; Larry Wood - Joplin, MT, and Dale and Gary Galbreath - Ritzville WA; and Dr. Kim Kidwell, WSU Spring Wheat Breeder, Pullman, WA. Two Monsanto representatives will give presentations on aspects of farming in the future. Dr. Dan Gigax, Commercial Development Manager of Biotechnology, will speak on biotechnology and the small grain producer, and Dr. Tom Hoogheem, Environmental Operations Director will speak on pesticides, sustainability and the environment.

Refreshments and an open forum are planned from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. The program offers 5 credits for Washington pesticide applicator recertification and 8 credits for Certified Crop Adviser continuing education. See your Monsanto retailer for preregistration and bus travel information on Fields of Tomorrow. For more information on the CRP take-out and spring recropping research trials, and the statewide Washington CRP take-out project, contact Roger Veseth, WSU/UI Conservation Tillage Specialist, at 208-885-6386.

     
 

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