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UI field day highlights Limagrain partnership




By MATTHEW WEAVER



Capital Press



The University of Idaho will emphasize its wheat breeding and agronomy research next week.



The university holds its Parker Farm field day beginning at 7:30 a.m. July 9 at the farm, at 1025 Plant Science Farm Road outside Moscow, Idaho.



Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station Director Donn Thill said the event highlights research at the farm, primarily by plant, soil and insect researchers.



The event will highlight the wheat-breeding collaboration between the university and international wheat breeding company Limagrain.



Thill said the collaboration is going well, with UI offering more than 6,000 research plots this year and Limagrain offering an equal or larger number.



"It incredibly increased the screening and selection ability for winter wheat varieties," he said.



Thill said the partnership is unique in the Northwest.



"We believe it's going to provide very competitive varieties for growers," he said.



The agenda also covers work done on oilseed crops like winter canola and spring canola, and work on winter wheat, Roundup Ready canola, Roundup Ready alfalfa, mustard and molecular tools to improve potatoes.



There will be information on new herbicides used in winter wheat to control the weeds rattail fescue and Italian ryegrass, Thill said.



He said the goal is to inform farmers of new developments in breeding and management. Growers get to see the oilseed and wheat varieties firsthand in the field, as opposed to slideshow presentations or data, he said.



Other researchers will display their findings during a poster session. He expects several hundred participants.



New UI College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean John Foltz and Limagrain Vice President of Wheat Research Jim Peterson will offer remarks during the hosted lunch program.



For more information, contact Thill at 208-885-6214 or dthill@uidaho.edu



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