Monday, February 27, 2012

Low Falling Number Webinar

Wednesday, February 29 at 7:30 AM (MST)

The Idaho Wheat Commission will be presenting a web-based grower education seminar (webinar) on low falling number 7:30 AM (MST). The webinar will be approximately one hour. Participation is simple and free! Log onto the website at (requires Adobe Flash Player which is installed on most computers) and enter your name as a participant.

Wednesday, February 29 – “Unraveling the Falling Numbers Questions of 2011” Guest presenter Juliet Marshall, Associate Professor of Agronomy and Cereals Cropping Systems at the University of Idaho, Department of Plant, Soils and Entomological Sciences.
Wheat quality in the 2011 harvest was called into question with some varieties showing low values in the falling numbers test. In this webinar, we will explore the potential causes and the methods we may be able to use to reduce the dockage associated with the expression of low falling numbers.

For those who cannot view the webinar in real time, it will be recorded and available at:

Friday, February 24, 2012

Controlling Wire Worms in Cereal Grain Production.

The webinar presented by Mr. Esser focuses on how to improve grain yield and profitability under wireworm pressure and reduce wireworm populations in the soil.
Esser discusses his research on a series of large-scale on-farm tests (OFT) which were initiated in 2008 examining varied rates of Cruiser insecticide and a series of OFT examining a very high labeled rate of Gaucho insecticide to reduce wireworm populations in the soil. A series of small plot insecticide treatments have also been initiated examining multiple products with potential for control.

Controlling Wire Worms in Cereal Grain Production.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Direct Seed Workshop slated for March 8 in Idaho Falls

The South Idaho Direct Seed Workshop will be hosted by the Idaho Wheat Commission (IWC) on Thursday, March 8 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 700 Lindsay Blvd, Idaho Falls.

Registration will begin at 9:00 am. The workshop will run from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

One of the featured speakers this year will be Richard Smiley, professor of plant pathology at Oregon State University. Dr. Smiley focuses his research on methods to control root diseases of wheat and barley caused by soilborne plant-pathogenic fungi and plant-parasitic nematodes.

“Dick Smiley is one of the leading voices on methods to control root diseases,” says IWC chairman Gordon Gallup, who has been direct seeding for many years. “We can all benefit from hearing about soil health,” says Gallup. “You never know where you’ll find the next idea that will increase profits.”

Presentations will address a variety of timely topics. Earl Creech, PhD, Extension Agronomist, Utah State University will cover chemical fallow. Kate Painter, PhD, Ag Economics and Rural Sociology, University of Idaho will discuss her research on the economics of direct seeding. Additional topics covered will include available government programs. A yearly favorite is local growers sharing their experiences in direct seeding.

The Workshop provides a great opportunity to network and hear what others are doing. Advanced registration is recommended. Registration fee is $10, payable at the door (cash or check only). Lunch is provided.

To register or for more information contact Tereasa Waterman at, or call the Wheat Commission office at (208) 334.2353.