Northwest Direct Seed Intensive Cropping Conference Jan. 7-8
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
The Conference will
feature 50 speakers in a series of eight in-depth Focus Sessions summarized
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.
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.
-- 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.
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,
Grower Drill Modification/Fabrication for Direct Seeding -- 2:15 - 3:45 p.m.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 email@example.com).
us: Hans Kok, (208)885-5971
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