Drew Lyon has advice for farmers and crop consultants hoping to sign up for this Washington State University’s Wheat Academy.
“Each year we’ve had the class fill up more quickly – the first year it took three weeks, the second year it took 10 or 11 days and last year it only took eight days to fill,” said Lyon, a WSU weed science professor. “If people are interested, they shouldn’t dilly-dally.”
Registration for WSU’s annual academy opens at 8 a.m. Pacific Time Oct. 10. The program runs Dec.12-13 on the WSU campus in Pullman, Wash.
“We try to bring the science behind the management recommendations we make to growers,” Lyon said. “We try to have some hands-on in there so it’s not all lecture.”
Lyon believes the program is in such demand because of the connection it provides the audience to researchers or WSU Extension representatives.
“I think it’s a niche that kind of has been missing,” he said.
Topics include developing glyphosate resistance in weeds such as Russian thistle, updates on wireworms, soil pH effects, planting oilseed and companion crops and new tools and genetic improvement in wheat breeding.
New offerings include using historic climate information to make farming decisions, what wheat buyers want and how quality is determined.
Sessions are 90 minutes. The program has 12 topics. Participants will have time to attend 10 presentations, Lyon said.
The cost is $75 for farmers and $125 for crop consultants and ag industry members. The academy has 38 slots for industry and 37 for growers.