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CONSERVATION FARMING UPDATE - MAY1996



June 20 Direct Seeding Drill Demo and Research Field Day on Direct Seeding CRP Take-out

-- A Cooperative Feature of the Monsanto Fields of Tomorrow --

Research trials on direct seeding for CRP take-out and direct seeding demonstrations with 7 drill will be featured in a field day near Waterville, WA on June 20, 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 research trials and Fields of Tomorrow program are located about 4 miles west of Ritzville (Rosenoff and Dewald Roads) on the Ron Jirava/Grant Miller farms in a 10- to 12-inch annual rainfall zone. The field is in its 10th year of crested wheatgrass. Hard red spring wheat was planted April 3 with 7 direct seeding drills and air seeders, and under a minimum tillage system. Direct seeding implements include: Concord airseeder; Flexicoil 5000 and 1330 airseeders; John Deere 750 disc drill; John Deere 9400 hoe drill on 15" spacing; John Deere 9400 hoe drill on 9" spacing with deep fertilizer banding; and a John Deere HZ deep furrow drill with deep fertilizer banding. The minimum tillage system included one pass with a sweep and attached single gang of skewtreaders, conventional fertilizer injector, coil-packer and seeding with a John Deere double disc drill.

Direct seeding demonstrations will be conducted adjacent to their April-seeded research trials in undisturbed CRP grass. 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 direct-seeded hard red spring wheat in winter wheat stubble, 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 lunched 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. Frank Young, USDA-ARS Research Agronomist, 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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