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2013 Southern Idaho Direct Seed Conference

2/4/2013

The South Idaho Direct Seed Workshop will be hosted by the Idaho Wheat Commission (IWC) on Thursday, March 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 700 Lindsay Blvd, Idaho Falls.
Registration will begin at 9:00 am. The workshop will run from 9:30 am to 3:15 pm.

The topic for this year’s Workshop “Soil Health and Soil Fertility”.   Featured speakers are nationally known and respected in their field of study.  Ray Archuleta, teaches soil quality and the principles of agro-ecology throughout the country.  He has 23 years of work experience with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Ray is high energy- hands-on instructor who engages his audience with his soil demonstrations. 

Elston Solberg, Agri-Trend, is a highly sought after keynote speaker who brings over 25 years of research expertise as the head Cereal Specialist and Research Agronomist with Alberta Agriculture.   Elston has raised the awareness of copper fertilization, and is one of the world’s foremost authorities on sulfur nutrition. 

Additional presentations include Dr. Juliet Marshall, University of Idaho Extension “Cover Crops with Direct Seed Wheat Rotation” and a yearly favorite “Getting Started and What I did Right,” where local growers share their experiences in direct seeding.

The Workshop provides a great opportunity to network and hear what others are doing. Advanced registration is recommended.  Registration fee is $10, payable at the door (cash or check only). Lunch is provided.

 To register or for more information contact Cathy Wilson at cathy.wilson@idahowheat.org, or call the Wheat Commission office at (208) 334.2353.

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Growers’ help needed to improve crop insurance
Sprout damage from heavy rains in southern and eastern Idaho at the end of the 2014 growing season made evident the inadequacy of current crop insurance for wheat growers, which is based on yields and not quality.

USDA’s Risk Management Agency has expressed a willingness to make changes to the quality standard for wheat by addressing the low falling number scale, but the agency wants to address the issue nationwide and needs strong data to support any changes.
Growers can assist the effort by providing multiple years of settlement data, at least the last six years but preferable the last 10 to 12.

RMA does not need and would prefer not to receive growers’ names, addresses and tax ID numbers.

The data must contain: the year; county and state where the crop was grown (not sold/delivered); quality of production; gross price received; net payment (gross less any dockage, but not considering any storage or shipping fees); test weight; and protein.

In addition, the agency needs at least one of the following: DON/VOM; falling number; or other quality spec of interest.
Growers are asked to send info to Blaine Jacobson at blaine@idahowheat.org.