Other Lind Field Day topics include Russian thistle control from WSU Extension weed scientist Drew Lyon, and USDA Agricultural Research Service stripe rust expert Xianming Chen, who will cover stripe rust in dryland regions in recent years. "Literally, stripe rust wasn't even a concern up until three years ago; that was something the wet guys got," WSU professor Bill Schillinger said. "We sure got hammered (by stripe rust) last year. Previously, the common thought was fungicide won't even pay for itself, but that's changed." Chen has a stripe rust nursery at the Lind station. Schillinger will also speak about his findings on row spacing and efforts to build a deep-furrow drill, now in the third year of testing. The station's dedicated drill will be on display. Other topics include updates on WSU's spring and winter wheat breeding and presentations from Jim Harsh, the new chair of WSU's Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, and Ron Mittelhammer, new interim dean of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. The free event usually draws more than 200 people, including a record 275 in 2012, Schillinger said.