2014 Conference

"Covering New Ground"

When: January 20 - 22, 2014
Where: Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick, WA


The 2014 Oilseed and Direct Seed Conference was a huge success; with over 500 attending, 55 sponsors and/or exhibitors, 42 research exhibits, and 50 speakers.  Thank you for attending and supporting the conference!

Each general and breakout session was recorded and links will be made available to the recordings shortly. 

Stay tuned for an announcment on the 2015 location and dates.

Final Detailed Agenda

Presenter Bios and Presentation Summaries

Exhibitor List

Exhibitor Map


High Level Agenda

Monday, January 20 4-8 pm:

  • Exhibitor Trade Show and Research Poster Displays
    Equipment & Precision Ag Demos and Diagnostic Sessions
    Meet and Greet with Keynote Speakers
    Networking Social
    Beer and Bull round table discussion sessions

Tuesday Opening General Session 8:00 a.m.

  • Synergies of Oilseed and Direct Seed Cropping Systems, Rich Koenig, WSU;
    Oilseed & Direct Seed Production Systems - Australian & American Perspective, John Kirkegaard, CSIRO, Australia; 
    Principals of Sustainable Ag, Dick Wittman, Founding Member PNDSA

Tuesday Morning Breakout Sessions:

  • CRP takeout - Jon Olson and Ian Burke
    Variable rate seeding & fertilizing - Jason Wilson, ATI
    Earthworms and Soil health - Jodi Maynard, U Idaho

Canola Production Strategies by Region

  • Low to Intermediate Rainfall
    High Rainfall – Heath Sanders, canola field specialist, Great Plains Canola Assoc., OK
    Irrigated – Roy Andrews, Wilbur-Ellis

Tuesday Lunch Session:

  • Role of Ag Research Centers, Jim Moyer, WSU;
    Future of Oilseed Research, Jack Brown, UI;
    Risk Management–What’s covered?, Dave Paul, RMA

Tuesday Afternoon Exhibitor and Research Presentations:
Time with exhibitors and research poster presentations, PNDSA and WCRC annual meetings

Tuesday Afternoon General Session:
Direct Seed & Oilseed Policy: International, National, & State; Peter Moulton, Sr. Energy Policy Specialist; Dale Thorenson, Asst. Director USCA; Tai McClellan, WSU

Tuesday Afternoon Breakout Sessions: 

The Inside Scoop from the Farm About Canola Production

  • Low-Intermediate Rainfall
    High Rainfall
  • Direct seed 101
    FARMED SMART certification
    Alternate crops for PNW rotations

Tuesday Dinner Banquet:

  • Managing Cover Crops for the 21st Century, Steve Groff, Cover Crop Solutions;
    Awards; and Beer and Bull round table discussion sessions

Wednesday Opening General Session:

  • Harnessing the Power of Soil Biology, John Kirkegaard, CSIRO, Australia;
    Importance of Crop Rotation and Soil Health, Dwayne Beck, Dakota Lakes Research Center;
    Plant signaling Systems,  Phil Thomas, BrassicaCorp, Canada

Wednesday Breakout Sessions:

  • No-Till Fallow Management Strategies– Ian Burke, Joe Yenish, Dave Barta, Rob Dewald, Bill Jepsen, Mark Richter, facilitated by Aaron Esser, WSU Ext
    Managing Rattail Fescue and Italian Ryegrass – Drew Lyon, Monte Anderson
    Regional Cover Crop Strategies –
    Ken Hart UI Ext, Diana Roberts, WSU Ext
  • Micronutrient Management for Top Canola Yields – Phil Thomas
    Seeding Date Considerations

    Mustard and Camelina Production

Wednesday Closing General Session:

  • Precision Ag Trends and New Technology, Raj Khosla, Colorado State University;
    Ag Market Update and Outlook, Brian Voth, Agri-Trend Marketing




Register for the conference

PNDSA or USCA Member Registration Fee: $200   Non-Member Registration $250
Note: 2014 membership dues must be paid with conference registration to recieve discount

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1) Complete the online conference registration form below.

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