DIRECT SEED & OilSEED 2015 conference


"Cropping Concepts - Feeding Farmer Innovations"

When: January 20 - 22, 2015
Where: Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick, WA


 Don't miss the 2015 PNW Oilseed and Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference, a combined effort of the Washington Oilseed Cropping Systems Research and Extension (WOCS) Project at WSU, and the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association (PNSDA). The conference will be January 20-22, 2015, at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, WA.  The 2015 theme of “Cropping Concepts: Feeding Farmer Innovations” represents exploring and sharing new and proven strategies to improve crop production and ultimately generate positive income for PNW producers. The 3-day event features something for everyone with a trade show, general and breakout sessions, research poster sessions, and demos and diagnostics applicable to irrigated and dryland cropping systems throughout the PNW.

The first day of the conference will focus on topics regarding production innovations and strategies. The second day will focus on soil health, weed and disease management, and the third day will focus on marketing and economics.  Each day, general sessions will feature crossover topics with keynote speakers and panels of researcher and producer experts.  Thirty breakout sessions throughout the conference will provide more detailed information about oilseed and direct seed management and production practices, the latest research and industry developments. 

Several notable speakers include: 

  • Markus Braaten, Agri-Trend agronomist, Montana

  • Jill Clapperton, soil scientist and founder of Rhizoterra

  • Lindsey du Toit, WSU vegetable seed pathologist

  • Randy Fortenbery, WSU economist

  • Neil Harker, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada cropping systems specialist, Lacombe, Canada

  • Rob Myers, North Central Region SARE Regional Director of Extension Programs,

  • Michael Neff, WSU molecular geneticist

  • Elston Solberg, Agri-Trend agronomist, Alberta, Canada

  • Mike Stamm, Kansas State University canola breeder

  • Nick Zentner, geologist at Central Washington University

Topics that will be covered by producers, industry and university experts include chem fallow management; cover crop studies and issues; oilseed varieties, research and production strategies; unmanned aerial vehicle usage and demonstration; crop insurance and adjustments; weed and disease management issues; direct seed ROI; oilseed marketing update and strategies, GMOs and biotechnology; residue management; and soil health. 

The conference format will maximize networking and learning opportunities in large and small group settings each day.  What makes this conference unique is the high level of interaction and information sharing among the expected 500 producers, industry experts, research scientists, and ag suppliers attending from around the PNW and North America.  Farmers, ranchers, livestock producers, crop input suppliers, advisors, bankers, researchers and supporting agency personnel are all invited to attend.

Lodging:  Red Lion Hotels are the primary conference lodging properties with discounted room blocks for this conference: Red Lion Inn & Suites and Red Lion Hotel Columbia Center $90/room.  Hilton Garden Inn also as a room available for conference attendees.

Here are some highlights from the 2014 conference and reasons why you should attend 2015 conference.

Click here to view final agenda.

Click here to view speaker bios and presentation summaries. 

Click here to view summary of exhibitors and sponsors.

Click here to view research poster extracts.

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. 




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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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