By MATTHEW WEAVER
New wheat varieties will be on display during Washington State University's 2013 tour schedule, which kicks off May 8 with the Washington Association of Wheat Growers' Wheat University in Lind, Wash.
WSU Extension agronomist Stephen Guy said researchers examined 10 new soft white winter varieties released in the previous year or so.
"That's a lot of new varieties in a real short amount of time," he said. "We have a lot to talk about at all of these field tours."
The varieties offer new choices for growers in every rainfall zone, Guy said.
Guy said the new varieties offer advantages in yield and some strong disease resistance. WSU's WA-8134 variety, developed by Arron Carter and approved for release in the fall, has the broadest disease resistance Guy is aware of, and includes tolerance for low pH in soil.
"Which is greatly interesting when you think about the up and coming problems we have with that issue," he said. "There's some new solutions to some of the problems that have been plaguing us."
Guy expects at least one WSU wheat breeder to be at every field tour. He said WSU's Spillman Field Day July 11 will be the big "breeder show." Breeders have a majority of their materials in Spillman's fields. Guy recommended farmers attend that event.
With regional universities and private companies investing in wheat research, Guy believes the increase in new material may be the new norm for the region.
"There's a lot of new stuff, and there's more coming along; that's the great thing," Guy said. "I think we're going to keep seeing a steady progression of newly released varieties for growers to keep up on. There's going to be some good choices for them."
2013 variety and crop field tour schedule
WAWG Wheat University: 9 a.m. May 8, Lind, Wash., contact Aaron Esser, 509-659-3210
Horse Heaven Hills: 8:45 a.m. June 4, contact Steven Norberg, 509-545-3511
Ritzville, Wash: 1 p.m. June 5, contact Aaron Esser, 509-659-3210
Western Whitman County - Lacrosse, Wash.: 8 a.m. June 6, contact Steve Van Vleet, 509-397-6290
Connell, Wash.: 4 p.m. June 6, contact Steven Norberg, 509-545-3511
Pendleton, Ore., Field Day: 8:30 a.m. June 11, contact Don Wysocki, 541-278-4396
Western Society of Crop Science and Western Wheat Workers Meeting - Pendleton, Ore.: 7:30 a.m. June 11-12, contact Stephen Machado, 541-278-4396
Lind Field Day, Lind, Wash.: 8:30 a.m. June 13, contact Bill Schillinger, 509-235-1933
Harrington, Wash.: 6 p.m. June 13, contact Diana Roberts, 509-477-2167
St. Andrews, Wash.: 5 p.m. June 14, contact Dale Whaley, 509-745-8531
Fairfield, Wash.: 7 a.m. June 18, contact Diana Roberts, 509-477-2167
Irrigated, Moses Lake, Wash.: 8 a.m. June 19, contact Andy McGuire, 509-754-2011
WSU Weed Science in Pullman, Wash.: 1 p.m. June 19, contact Ian Burke, 509-335-2858
Almira, Wash.: 4 p.m. June 19, contact Diana Roberts, 509-477-2167
Mayview, Wash.: 9 a.m. June 20, contact Mark Heitstuman, 509-243-2009
Anatone, Wash: 3:30 p.m. June 20, contact Mark Heitstuman, 509-243-2009
Peas, lentils and chickpeas in Walla Walla, Wash: 3 p.m. June 25, contact Paul Carter, 509-382-4741
Wheat in Walla Walla: 6:30 p.m. June 25, contact Paul Carter, 509-382-4741
Dayton, Wash.: 8:30 a.m. June 26, contact Paul Carter, 509-382-4741
North Lincoln County in Creston, Wash.: 8 a.m. June 26, contact Aaron Esser, 509-659-3210
Reardan, Wash.: 7 a.m. June 27, contact Diana Roberts, 509-477-2167
Bickelton, Wash.: 3 p.m. June 27, contact Todd Murray, 509-773-5817
Cook Farm Field Day - Pullman, Wash: 1 p.m. June 27, contact Dave Huggins, 509-335-3379
Colton, Wash.: (PNW Co-op, Genesee, Idaho): 8 a.m. July 10, contact Steve Van Vleet, 509-397-6290
Spillman Farm Field Day - Pullman, Wash.: 8 a.m. July 11, contact Stephen Guy, 509-335-5831
Farmington, Wash.: 9:30 a.m. July 16, contact Steve Van Vleet, 509-397-6290
St. John, Wash.: 2 p.m. July 16, contact Steve Van Vleet, 509-397-6290
Lamont, Wash.: 5 p.m. contact Steve Van Vleet, 509-397-6290