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.

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