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Field Tour of Heritage Varieties

July 27, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Meet at Tent 1. Bus & Carpool to Experimental Fields

This will be an informal walking tour of the thousands of wheat varieties grown at the Washington State University-Mount Vernon Research Center.  You will learn “the rest of the story” as you view everything from heritage wheats to current commercial varieties and new experimental lines.  Learn what makes a “good” variety and try your hand at selecting the perfect wheat for your area.  Scientific facts combined with amusing anecdotes and historical observations make this tour an annual favorite.

Steve Lyon

As a senior scientific assistant, Steve leads the greenhouse and field research portion of the Plant Breeding Program at Washington State University-Mount Vernon. Steve was a commercial grain and livestock producer in Eastern Washington for twelve years and has worked the past twenty-two years developing wheat varieties for Washington State University. In 2007 he was awarded the O.A. Vogel/Washington State Crop Improvement Award and in 2013 earned one of the highest honors in his profession by having a new grain named in his honor, Lyon Barley.