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PNW STEEP III Conservation Farming Conference January 7-8, 1997

The Pacific Northwest STEEP III Conservation Farming Conference will be held January 7-8, 1997 at the Cavanaugh’s Inn at Columbia Center in Kennewick, WA. Growers and Ag support personnel are encouraged to attend.

The STEEP III (Solutions to Environmental and Economic Problems) program is a cooperative research and technology transfer program on conservation farming systems. More than 45 scientists from the University of Idaho, Oregon State University, Washington State University, and USDAAgricultural Research Service, as well as producer organizations, conservation districts and other Ag support industries and agencies in the Pacific Northwest are involved in this collaborative program. It is the primary PNW source of new technology for profitable farming systems which conserve soil and protect water and air quality.

The Conference will features a series of in-depth panel discussions with growers, researchers representatives from Ag industries and agencies on a variety of topics on management strategies for conservation farming systems. A tentative list of panel topics include: returning CRP land to crop production; a series of panels on conservation farming systems under the new Farm Bill, which will focus on producing and marketing alternate crops, new crop rotation options and conservation compliance; and strategies for managing downy brome and jointed goatgrass in conservation tillage systems.

Other program topics include grass seed production without burning, managing root diseases in conservation tillage, weed management in wheat-legume rotations, controlling strawbreaker foot rot and Cephlosporium stripe in winter wheat, wheat variety mixing for increased disease resistance and yield potential, and spatially variable management systems for wheat production.

The five STEEP III projects that are new in 1996 or ongoing from STEEP II through WSU, OSU and UI will be described and preliminary results presented. These project areas include: 1) management strategies for downy brome control in winter wheat, 2) continuous and flexible spring cropping systems to replace summer fallow- winter wheat rotations, 3) minimum tillage systems for food legume-winter wheat rotations in annual cropping areas, 4) cover crop management systems in wheat - potato rotations under irrigation, and 5) grower access to integrated cropping systems technology through printed and electronic publications, the World Wide Web and other media.

Participants will receive a copy of the final report for 1991-96 STEEP II Program. A progress report on new STEEP III projects will be included in the registration packet.

Credits have been requested for pesticide applicator recertification in the three states and for Certified Crop Adviser continuing education. An extensive research poster exhibition will feature about 30 exhibits including research summaries, information resource displays and demonstrations on conservation farming systems technology.

Contact Cavanaugh’s Inn at Columbia Center at (509) 783-0611 or call toll free 1-800-THE-INNS for room reservations at the special Conference rates of $40 for one bed (1-2 persons) or $45 for two beds (2-4 persons), plus tax. The special room rates may not be available after December 16. Conference programs and preregistration forms are available at local county extension and conservation districts, or call (509) 547-5538 for a copy. For more information on the program, contact Dr. Donn Thill (208-885-6214) or Dr. Dwane Miller (509-335-4056), Co-chairs of the STEEP II Technical Coordinating Committee.


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