CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University Extension Service specialists and researchers from OSU's Department of Crop and Soil Science will host the annual Hyslop Research Farm Field Day on Wednesday, May 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The event, which is open to the public, will focus on two topics - cereal and seed crops - and will be presented in both morning and afternoon sessions. Visitors should plan to stay all day to hear presentations in all sessions.

Cereal topics will include winter wheat varieties, presented by OSU's recently hired wheat breeder, Bob Zemetra; management of wheat diseases in the Willamette Valley; historical wheat varieties of the last 100 years and alternative small grain production; a hands-on wheat breeding exercise; and discussion on winter barley varieties available for a number of end uses.

Seed crop topics will include advances in meadowfoam breeding; red clover pollination and seed production; energy use efficiency in perennial ryegrass seed production; alternatives to the use of diuron in carbon-seeded perennial ryegrass; and updates on choke research in orchardgrass and barley yellow dwarf virus in perennial ryegrass seed production.

Refreshments will be available at 8 a.m. At noon, the OSU Crops Club will prepare a no-cost lunch sponsored by the Oregon Seed Council and the Oregon Wheat Growers League.

A detailed agenda of the field day and maps to Hyslop Farm may be found at:

Hyslop Farm is located six miles northeast of Corvallis on Granger Road, just off of Highway 20. The entrance to the farm will be marked with signs, and a map may be found at:

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Andy Hulting, 541-737-5098