Parker Farm is used for research, Extension and teaching activities. Subject areas include:
- Weed, insect and plant disease management
- Crop production, plant breeding and genetics
- Woody landscape plants
- Soil microbiology and ecology
- Organic farming
Short (one growing season or less) and long-term (several growing seasons) research is conducted at this facility. Parker Farm also provides equipment and personnel for research conducted by UI faculty on private lands in northern Idaho and eastern Washington.
The farm includes 172 acres, of which 110 are usable as field plots. A few acres can be irrigated.
Parker Farm is located about 2 miles east of Moscow, adjacent to and north of Highway 8. The main entrance is at the intersection of Highway 8 and Plant Science Road.
- 3,400-square-foot seedhouse
- 1,800-square-foot seedhouse annex
- 4,000-square-foot foundation seed building
- 4,000-square-foot shop and equipment storage area
- 1,000-square-foot pesticide storage, loading and cleaning facility
- Three 1,200-square-foot polyhouses and one 3,000-square-foot polyhouse
- Residence for the farm manager
- Field-size and plot-size tilling, seeding, spraying and harvesting equipment for small grain, legume, Brassicaceae and many other crops
Parker Farm is also the site of the Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research, the Logger Sports Arena and buildings and storage areas used by various units of the College of Natural Resources. A NOAA weather station is also located here.
Contact Roy Patten at email@example.com for tours and more information.