June 21 Moscow-area Weed Tour Focuses on Control in Small Grain, Pulse Crops

Wednesday, June 13 2012

MOSCOW – A half-day bus tour to review research aimed at controlling Italian rye, rattail fescue, downy brome and other common weeds that threaten Idaho small grain and pulse crops will be the focus of a June 21 tour sponsored by the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

The tour will be led by Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station Director and Professor of Weed Science Donn Thill, who has studied the rising threat of herbicide resistance in common weeds in northern Idaho. Thill joined the college faculty in 1980.

The tour will visit weed control trials in wheat, barley, pea, lentil and chickpea plots. Idaho and Washington pesticide recertification credits are available for tour participants.

Tour participants will meet at the west entrance to the University Inn Best Western in Moscow at 7:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided to conclude the bus tour, which is free and open to the public. More information is available by contacting Thill at (208) 885-6214 or dthill@uidaho.edu.

As the 150th anniversary of the federal Morrill Act, which founded the land-grant university system, and the 125th anniversary of the Hatch Act, which created state agricultural experiment stations, this is a big year for agricultural research and the University of Idaho.

As Idaho’s member of the original land-grant system, the University of Idaho was established in 1889, a year before statehood. The Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station began operations a few months before classes began in 1892.