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Northwest Direct Seed Intensive Cropping Conference Jan. 7-8

-- Improving Global Competitiveness and Cropland Productivity --

There is a rapidly growing trend towards direct seeding and more intensive crop rotations across the country and around the world. These changes are being driven by increasing global market competition and the need for improved profitability, a greater awareness about the soil quality and productivity benefits of direct seeding versus detriments of intensive tillage, an increasing grower and public concern about cropland soil loss by water and wind erosion, and in the U.S., new flexibility in crop rotation under the 1996 Farm Program. To provide Northwest growers an opportunity to learn about the latest technologies and experience with these new farming systems, a Northwest Direct Seed Intensive Cropping Conference is scheduled for January 7­8, 1998 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Pasco, Washington.

The Conference is provided as a service to Northwest growers by the Pacific Northwest STEEP III (Solutions To Environmental and Economic Problems) program on conservation tillage research and education at the University of Idaho, Oregon State University, Washington State University, and USDA­Agricultural Research Service. Co-sponsors include Monsanto and more than ten other Ag service and equipment industries, in cooperation with five Northwest grower commodity organizations and the conservation district associations in the three states.

The Conference will feature 50 speakers in a series of eight in-depth Focus Sessions summarized below:

International and National Trends and Experiences with Direct Seeding -- 8:00 a.m., Jan. 7

Global no-till trends...competing with the competition -- John Habblethwaite, Exec. Dir., and Dan Towery, Natural Resources Spec., CTIC, West Lafayette, IN. International grower experiences -- Allen Postlethwaite, St. Arnuad, Australia and Spencer Hilton, Alberta, Canada. Diverse no-till crop rotations in Northern Great Plains -- Dwayne Beck, Research Manager, Dakota Lakes Research Farm, Pierre, SD. Strategies for direct seeding in cereal-based rotations -- R. James Cook, USDA-ARS Plant Pathologist, Pullman.

Alternate Crops for Direct Seeding in the Dryland Inland Northwest -- 11:00 a.m.

Overviews of potential alternative crops -- Stephen Guy, UI Crop Management Specialist, and Russ Karow, OSU Extension Agronomist. In-depth looks at three crops including corn -- Brian Lewis, Pioneer Seed Agronomist, Walla Walla, WA and Tim Fiez, WSU Soil Fertility Specialist, Pullman; mustard, Canola, rapeseed -- Jack Brown, UI Plant Breeder, Moscow; and winter grain legumes -- Fred Muehlbauer, USDA-ARS Legume Breeder, Pullman.

Advances in Direct Seeding and Annual Cropping Systems in Low and Intermediate Rainfall Zones of the Inland Northwest (Concurrent Session 1) -- 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Integrated crop management research on annual direct seeded spring cereals -- Frank Young, USDA-ARS Research Agronomist, Pullman. Alternative annual crop rotations using direct seeding -- Bill Schillinger, Research Agronomist, WSU Dryland Research Unit, Lind, and Don Wysocki, OSU Extension Soil Scientist, Pendelton. Grower experiences -- Karl Kupers, Harrington, WA; John Aeschliman, Colfax, WA; Dale Galbreath, Ritzville, WA; Tim Rust, Echo, OR.

Advances in Direct Seeding Systems in Annual Cropping Regions (Concurrent Session 2) -- 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Grower Experiences -- Russ Zenner, Genesee, ID; Nathan Riggers, Craigmont, ID; David Carlton, Dayton, WA; and Roger Miller, Colfax, WA. Research updates on direct seed systems for spring legumes after spring cereals -- Stephen Guy, UI, and John Hammel, UI Soil Scientist, Moscow. Chemical renovation of Kentucky bluegrass seed fields with direct seeded lentils -- Glen Murray, UI Plant Physiologist, and Donn Thill, UI Weed Scientist, Moscow.

"Ask the Experts" Direct Talk Evening Sessions -- 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Selecting your crops and crop rotations for direct seeding -- Beck, Cook, Guy, and Northwest growers (TBA). What works and what doesn't in direct seeding -- Postlethwaite, Hilton, Northwest growers (TBA).

New Industry Developments in Direct Seeding Equipment -- 8:00 a.m., Jan. 8 and continued at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Updates by industry representatives on new developments for fertilizer placement, residue clearance, seed placement and hillside tracking. Preliminary list includes: Flexi-Coil; Conserva Pak; Agpro; Palouse Zero-Till; Great Plains; Cross Slot; DuraTech; Harmon; McGregor; Morris; Case-IH/Concord; John Deere, Bourgault; Agco Mfg.; and Krause. Brochures on all the direct seeding equipment will be included in the Conference packet.

Direct Seeding Impacts on Soil Quality and Production Potential -- 9:00 a.m.

Tillage characterized as an "earthquake followed by fire" -- Robert Papendick, WSU Soil Scientist, Pullman. Documenting the loss of soil organic carbon with tillage and the benefits of no-till -- Donald Reicosky, Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS, Morris, MN. Effects of long term direct seeding on soil properties on Northwest farms -- David Bezdicek, WSU Soil Microbiologist, Pullman, and John Hammel, UI Soil Scientist, Moscow. Soil quality trends with different tillage systems in northeast Oregon - Steve Albrecht, Soil Microbiologist; Clyde Douglas, Ron Rickman, and Paul Rasmussen, Soil Scientists, USDA-ARS, Pendleton, OR.

Grower Drill Modification/Fabrication for Direct Seeding -- 2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Grower designs: Dwane Blankenship, Pullman/Read Smith, St. John, WA -- fabricated drill; Jack Ensley, Colfax, WA -- fabricated air seeder; Jim Bly, Broughton Land Co., Dayton, WA -- modified John Deere 750; Steve Willson, Colfax, WA -- modified John Deere 455; Mike Thomas, Prescott, WA -- fabricated drill; Don Zimmerman, Almira, WA -- fabricated drill

Credits have been requested for pesticide applicator recertification in the three states and for Certified Crop Adviser continuing education. The Conference Proceedings will provide a detailed reference on the Conference presentations.

Preregistration will be limited to the first 600, so preregister early. Request a copy of the Conference program and preregistration form by phone 509-547-5538, FAX 509-547-5563 or e-mail (maurer@owt.com). Preregistration fee is $80 and includes two lunches, refreshment breaks, Conference Proceedings, and 1997 PNW STEEP III conservation tillage research report. Call the DoubleTree Hotel (509) 547-0701 for room reservations at the economical Conference rates (may not be available after December 17) of $42 single or $58 double or two beds, plus tax. Reserve your room early as the hotel is expected to be filled. For more information on the Conference program, contact Roger Veseth, Conference Chair and WSU/UI Conservation Tillage Specialist (208-885-6386; FAX 208-885-7760; e-mail rveseth@uidaho.edu).


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