Tours feature promising crops
PULLMAN — Northwest growers can take an in-field look at Washington State University’s most promising crop varieties and management practices during crop tours in June and July.
Cereal breeders, extension agronomists, plant pathologists and other scientists will guide visitors through a wide range of experimental plots, explaining strategies to improve production, solve pest problems and prepare for future challenges.
“Growers provide important support through their checkoff dollars for much of the research being shown at the various crop tours and field days, so they should come and see what they are supporting,” said Drew Lyon, WSU endowed chairman in small grains extension and research, weed science. “These events also provide researchers with the opportunity to discuss their work with the people it is intended to help, and they enjoy the direct feedback they get from growers.”
Prospective participants should check with the listed contacts prior to a tour to verify time, location and agenda and to ensure a place at the table if food is served.
Upcoming field tours include:
•Lind, 8:30 a.m. June 16. Contact Bill Schillinger, 509- 235-1933.
•Pullman, Diagnostic Clinic, Spillman Farm, 8 a.m. June 17. Contact Steve Van Vleet, 509-397-6290.
•St. Andrews, 5 p.m. June 17. Contact Dale Whaley, 509-745-8531.
•Fairfield, 7 a.m. June 21. Contact Diana Roberts, 509- 477-2167.
•Moses Lake irrigated tour, 8 a.m. June 22. Contact Andy McGuire, 754-2011.
•Almira, 3 p.m. June 22. Contact Roberts.
•Pullman, Cook Farm Field Day, 8 a.m. June 22. Contact Dave Huggins, 509-335-3379.
•Reardan, 7 a.m. June 23. Contact Roberts.
•Wilke Farm Tour, 9:30 a.m. June 23. Contact Aaron Esser, 509-659-3210.
•Walla Walla legume tour, 10 a.m. June 28. Contact Wayne Thompson, 509-240-5018.
•Walla Walla cereals tour, 3:30 p.m. June 28. Contact Thompson.
•Dayton cereal and legume tour, 8 a.m. June 29. Contact Paul Carter, 509-382-4741.
•Davenport, Wheat College, Wilke Farm, 9 a.m June 29. Contact Lori Williams, 509-659-0610.
•Mayview, 9 a.m. June 30. Contact Mark Heitstuman, 509-243-2009.
•Anatone, 3:30 p.m. June 30. Contact Heitstuman.
•University of Idaho/Limagrain, 8:30 a.m. July 6. Contact Don Thill, 208-885-6214.
•Palouse, 9 a.m. July 11. Contact Van Vleet, 509- 397-6290.
• Bickleton, 3 p.m. July 12. Contact Ryan Higginbotham, (509) 335-1205
• Farmington, 8 a.m. July 13. Contact Steve Van Vleet, (509) 397-6290
• St. John, 10 a.m. July 14. Contact Steve Van Vleet, (509) 397-6290
• Lamont, 2:30 p.m. July 14. Contact Steve Van Vleet, (509) 397-6290
Washington Grain Commission funds support the trials and tours.