Herbicide resistance and seed emergence will be among the many traits farmers think about when they look over new wheat varieties during Washington State University’s upcoming crop tour season.

“It’s going to be a busy June and July,” said Aaron Esser, interim director of WSU’s variety testing program.

Farmers take field trial results into account when considering wheat varieties for fall seeding.

Managing herbicides and herbicide resistance will also be top-of-mind for most growers, Esser said.

The growing season so far has been relatively quiet, Esser said, pointing to low stripe rust pressure.

“We have moisture in the soil profile, but it’s not as good as what we’ve had,” he said of the Davenport area. “We’re an inch or two off the last year or two.”

Varieties to watch include Norwest Duet, from Limagrain and Oregon State University; several Limagrain varieties and WSU’s Resilience and Purl, Esser said.

The schedule adds an Almira tour this year, replacing a tour in Creston last year.

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