DIRECT SEED & OilSEED 2015 conference


"Cropping Concepts - Feeding Farmer Innovations"

When: January 20 - 22, 2015
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! 

Here are some highlights and reasons why you should attend next year's conference.

2014 Research Poster and Powerpoint Presentations

Day 1 - January 20 Focus:  Production Innovation and Strategies

7 a.m. – 10 a.m.


10:00 a.m.

Conference Start and General Sessions:

  • Welcome and Oilseed and Direct Seed Trends in PNW – Bill Pan
  • Cropping Systems – Frank Young
  • Innovations in Ag and Components of Successful Cropping Systems - Neil Harker
  • Direct Seed Irrigated Cropping Systems
  • Producer Panel on Innovative Production Strategies

1:15 p.m.

Break with Exhibitors & Networking

1:45 p.m.

Concurrent Session Block I

  • Soil amendments that are maximizing moisture and yields – Thad Shutt
  • Sharpening your Precision Ag Skills - Ryan Kuster
  • Conservation Approach to High-Disturbance Crops - using oilseeds in rotation & drect seed when posisble - Dale Geis
  • Winter Canola 101
  • Spring Canola 101 
  • Flax, Camelina, Mustard, and Other Oilseeds

2:45 p.m.

Break with Exhibitors & Networking

3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Session Block 2

  • Environmental market development and potential benefits to PNW producers – Ron Schultz
  • How to use precision ag tools to develop variable rate maps and improve bottom line - tools in review: Electo Connectivity Mapping Service, Google Maps, Protein and Yeild Monitors, FarmWorks  – Herb March
  • Stripper header results – increasing moisture, lowering soil temps, and building soil health in low rainfall regions - Lauren Young and producers
  • Oilseed variety selection - Panel
  • Water and moisture management
  • Managing chem fallow for oilseeds

4:30 p.m.

Reception with Research Poster Presentations and Exhibitors

6:00 p.m.

Dinner Reception & Keynote

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Panel of Experts – Producers, Operators, and Researchers discuss usage and potential of UAVs

8:30 p.m.

Beer and Bull Sessions – opportunity to talk more with experts and peers on key topics presented throughout the day



Day 2 - January 21 Focus:  Soil Health and Weed and Disease Management

8:00 a.m.

Soil Research, the New Frontier – Jim Moyer

How to build healthy and resilient soils – Jill Clapperton

Soil Speed Science Panel of Researchers – Dave Huggins (Soil testing), Bill Pan (Sub-Soil quality), Jodi Johnson-Maynard (Earthworm and soil health), Stephen Machado (soil health and cropping systems)

10:00 a.m.

Break with Exhibitors & Networking

10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Session Block 3

  • Managing Rattail Fescue, Russian Thistle
  • Real-time, in-field, portable analysis tools for soil tests, plant nutrition, and water quality – Jill Clapperton
  • Can cover crops replace summer fallow in low rainfall regions? Moisture removal rates in cover crop vs fallow study - Mary Dye and Wayne Thompson  
  • Nutrient management strategies for oilseeds - Markus Braaten, Don Wysocki
  • Insect and disease management - TIm Paulitz, Jim Davis, and Dale Whaley
  • What is Canola doing to the soil? - Bill Pan

12:00 p.m.

Lunch Banquet and Keynote Speakers

  • Geology of PNW soils - Nick Zentner

2:30 p.m.

Break with Exhibitors & Networking

3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Session Block 4

  • Wireworm management update and Nitrogen Uptake digital calculator – Aaron Esser
  • Updates on regional cover crop studies – Doug Finkelnburg, Drew Leitch
  • How do I know my soil is healthy – Marlon Winger
  • Insect and disease management - Markus Braaten, Tim Paulitz
  • 2014 - Reality Check - Producer Panel
  • Forage, seed, feed, and feul - Panel

4:15 p.m.

Reception with Research Poster Presentations and Exhibitors

5:30 p.m.

Dinner Reception & Keynote

  • Award Ceremony
  • Maximizing retention of moisture – Markus Braaten and Elston Solberg

7:30 p.m.

Beer and Bull Sessions – opportunity to talk more with experts and peers on key topics presented throughout the day



Day 3 - January 22 Focus:  Marketing and Economics

8:00 a.m.

Marketing: Macro and Regional influence, trends, and tips – Randy Fortenbery, and representative from McCoy Trading company

9:15 a.m.

Concurrent Session Block 5

  • Penciling out transitioning to direct seeding, enterprise budget and equipment ROI - Derek Schafer 
  • FARMED SMART Sustainable Agriculture Certification
  • Farm Bill conservation program criteria, benefits, and enrollment FAQs - Judy Olson
  • Crop Insurance - Navigating policies and adjustments for oilseed crops - Emily Gordon
  • Economics of rotations with oilseeds - Vicki McCracken, Kate Painter
  • Marketing strategies - the big and little picture - Mike Conklin, Bob Cox, Steve Riggers, Wade Troutman


10:30 a.m.

PNDSA Annual Meeting, Oilseed Roundtable, and Break with Exhibitors

11:45 a.m.

Lunch and Keynote

GMO Facts: using facts to protect the Ag industry – Michael Neff

We invite you to be a part of the premier conference in the Pacific Northwest featuring the integration of dryland and irrigated oilseed and direct seed cropping systems.  The 2015 theme of “Cropping Concepts” will be the focus throughout the three-day event, with oral and poster presentations and a trade show highlighting strategies and innovative ideas to improve crop production and ultimately generate positive income.

General sessions will feature crossover topics such as soil health and quality, marketing oilseeds and cereals, weed management, and precision agriculture.  Breakout sessions will focus on more detailed oilseed and direct seed management and production practices, including managing residue, planting and chemical application strategies, pest and disease management, cover crops, benefits and methods for building organic matter, and more. 

The conference format will maximize networking and learning opportunities in large and small group settings each day.  You will be able to interact with over 600 producers, industry experts, research scientists, and suppliers from around the PNW and North America.  Please consider joining us at the 2015 PNW Oilseed and Direct Seed Conference and expanding your sales opportunities through sponsorship and/or trade show participation!

Click here for more information and to register as a 2015 Conference Sponsor

PNDSA needs you! Each year, PNDSA hosts a direct seed cropping systems conference to provide a forum for producers and suppliers to network and learn about the latest direct seed strategies, equipment, research, successes and issues with direct seeding. Your conference sponsorship supports a specific activity at the conference and overall success of the conference and mission of PNDSA to assure the adoption of environmentally sustainable and economically viable direct seed cropping systems. Your support helps PNDSA help producer’s transition to direct seeding, which improves the environment and advances the future of sustainable farming.

Please open and review PNDSA’s Conference Sponsorship Program and contact Kay at pndsa(at) or 509-995-6335 if you’d like to be a sponsor or have questions.


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Early Bird discounts of 20% off regular registration prices are available now until Jan 5, 2015.  If you register for the conference as an PNDSA or US Canola Association member, don't forget to renew your association membership fees at the same time you register for the conference.   You can register online using the form below, or you can print the registration form and mail it in. 

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