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.
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.