UI Extension, Regional Climate Change Project Hosts Precision Ag Field Tour July 8
MOSCOW,— The USDA-funded Regional Approaches to Climate Change (REACCH) project and University of Idaho Extension are holding a Precision Agriculture Field Tour on Wednesday, July 8, to respond to a growing desire among Palouse-area farmers to learn ways to more efficiently use resources, including fertilizers, pesticides and emerging technologies.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the UI College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Kambitsch Farm near Genesee along U.S. Highway 95.
The itinerary includes Odberg Farms near Genesee, Blair Farms near Kendrick, Jones Farms near Troy and loops back to Kambitsch Farm at the end of the day. Bus transportation will be provided.
“Each location explores precision agriculture methods geared toward the actual needs and practices of local growers,” said Kristy Borrelli, Moscow-based REACCH Extension specialist.
The tour builds on a field day at the UI Parker Farm near Moscow last summer sponsored by the collaborative REACCH project, which includes UI, Washington State University, Oregon State University and the USDA Agricultural Research Service. WSU’s Site-Specific Climate Friendly Farming project is also participating in the event.
“Focusing on efficiency not only allows farmers to grow healthier crops, but also to use fewer resources and to save money,” Borrelli said. “Additionally, efficient use of resources helps protect our natural environment by reducing pollution to our air, soil and water.”
“Farmers enjoy learning from other farmers, and this tour is a great opportunity for them to do that,” she added.
This year’s topics include variable-rate nitrogen application, yield maps, technical support, unmanned aerial systems and regulations, remote sensing, variable-rate liming, soil health and low pH soils and instruction on how to get started with precision agriculture. Lunch at Blair Farms is included.
Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP before Monday, July 6 to Borrelli at firstname.lastname@example.org or (208) 885-1220.