Washington State University Extension will offers a cereal grains seminar Jan. 16 covering the latest on soilborne wheat mosaic virus, grasshoppers and Mormon crickets and other issues impacting farmers in Columbia and Walla Walla counties.
The seminar will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Walla Walla, Wash., Regional Airport.
Topics on the agenda include:
• Soilborne wheat mosaic virus: It is a “minimal” problem so far in the Walla Walla and Umatilla areas, said Paul Carter, director of WSU Extension in Columbia County in Dayton, Wash.
“It continues to get worse,” Carter said. “We don’t have any way to control it or get rid of it, so our only methods to manage it are to try to reduce further infections. It’s one of those things that could explode on us if we don’t pay attention to it.”
• Wheat straw: In response to the Columbia Pulp wheat straw pulp plant slated to open at the end of 2018, Carter will help farmers understand the implications of straw removal.
• Integrated management of grasshoppers and Mormon crickets: The insects caused problems in Asotin and Garfield counties in 2017.
• Weeds on the web: A WSU online decision tool helps farmers determine which products to use.
• The relationship between herbicides, crops and soil: Herbicides tend to carry over if the soil is acidic.
Cost is $25, including lunch and refreshments. Five continuing education credits have been applied for Washington and Oregon.
For more information, contact Becki Green, WSU Walla Walla County Extension coordinator, at 509-524-2685 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Register online. Cost is $25, including lunch and refreshments. Five continuing education pesticide credits have been applied for Washington and Oregon.