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Eleven Drills in Direct Seeding Demo at June 18 Fields of Tomorrow

Author: Roger Veseth, WSU/UI Extension Conservation Tillage Specialist

Northwest growers will have an opportunity to see eleven no-till drills in a direct seeding demonstration at the June 18 Fields of Tomorrow field day near the Palouse Empire Fairgrounds west of Colfax, WA. The drill demo is included in a replicated, no-till drill research trial coordinated by Washington State University and University of Idaho. The trial was seeded to spring wheat on April 18 directly into standing spring wheat stubble. Drills will be demonstrated adjacent to their respective seedings so growers can see the planting results of each drill. Fields of Tomorrow is sponsored by Monsanto in cooperation with WSU, U of I, and a number of Ag support industries and agencies, and grower organizations in the region.

The Fields of Tomorrow field day focuses on management technologies, equipment and products for direct seeding systems in the Inland Northwest. In addition to the drill demonstration, other features include: demonstrations and exhibits of combine chaff and straw spreaders; direct seedings of spring wheat varieties and breeding lines, hybrid wheat and over 10 alternative crops; and tour stops highlighting the effectiveness of new root disease and weed management strategies and products under direct seeding.

Registration and viewing of equipment and exhibits will be from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Field tours and equipment demonstration are from 9:00 to 12:30. After a hosted lunch, topics for a speaker session from 1:00 to 3:00 include: biotechnology; hybrid wheat; no-till perspectives and no-till trends and experiences of growers from South Dakota and Saskatchewan.

Preregister for the Fields of Tomorrow, and be eligible for drawings on a combine chaff spreader, and other prizes, by calling 1-800-248-1045, extension 5077. Some conservation districts in the region are arranging bus transportation to the Fields of Tomorrow. Contact your local conservation district for details. For more information on the no-till drill research trial and demonstration, contact Roger Veseth, WSU/UI Conservation Tillage Specialist Veseth at 208-885-6386 or e-mail (rveseth@uidaho.edu).


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