Crop improvement association offers updates

Matthew Weaver

Capital Press

The Spokane County Crop Improvement Association hosts its annual meeting Nov. 26 in Airway Heights, Wash., offering updates on research projects pertinent to the region.

Researchers will update Spokane County, Wash., farmers on a variety of issues at an upcoming meeting.

The Spokane County Crop Improvement Association hosts its annual meeting beginning at 8 a.m. Nov. 26 at the Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road, in Airway Heights, Wash.

Diana Roberts, of the Washington State University Extension in Spokane and Lincoln counties, said farmers should receive useful information for variety selection and disease or weed management.

Topics are selected by association board members, who hear from farmers about issues they’re seeing in the field. On the agenda are:

• University of Idaho weed scientist Tim Prather will provide an update on ventenata, a grass weed that’s an increasing problem in the county.

• WSU plant pathology extension specialist Tim Murray will talk about new pathogens that may have recently turned up, Roberts said.

“I don’t know that they’ve necessarily shown up in this area, but it’s quite likely that after he talks, once people are aware of it, they might say, ‘Oh, maybe that’s what I’ve got,’” she said.

• WSU Extension specialist Stephen Guy will talk about expanded variety trials beyond wheat and barley, including legumes.

• Eastern Washington University geography professor Bob Quinn will deliver a weather forecast, which Roberts said is a popular offering.

• Roberts will provide an update on her cover crop work, noting grower interest is high as the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service provides assistance for cover crops through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Cost is $10 for the meeting and $20 for the meeting and lunch. Certified crop advisor and Washington and Idaho pesticide recertification credits have been requested.

For more information, contact Roberts at 509-477-2167 or robertsd@wsu.edu



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