CROP TOUR DRAWS 200 DESPITE MORNING RAIN

June 18, 2002 11:00 pm
FIELD TRIALS: Those attending Tuesday's 26th annual Crops and Conservation Tour checked out the OSU field trial site near Alicel, learning about the dozens of cereal grains planted there — and facing a bit of a trial themselves to walk through the wet and muddy fields. (The Observer/T.L. Petersen).
FIELD TRIALS: Those attending Tuesday's 26th annual Crops and Conservation Tour checked out the OSU field trial site near Alicel, learning about the dozens of cereal grains planted there — and facing a bit of a trial themselves to walk through the wet and muddy fields. (The Observer/T.L. Petersen).

With needed rain coming down — even if there were hundreds of acres of cut hay getting soaked — the turnout for Tuesday's 26th annual Union County Crops and Conservation Tour was good.

More than 200 people, from growers to politicians to business people, loaded into four school buses and a variety of trucks and cars to visit selected fields in the central part of the county.

After introductions at Western Farm Services, the group risked walking through a muddy field to see two types of direct seed planting drills, studying the strips of barley and wheat planted by the drills in early May.

In spite of continuing rain, the tour next stopped at the site of the Oregon State University field variety trial. A description of the varieties being grown there, early results, and the information that the field variety testing program would probably be cut at the end of this season to help with budget shortfalls, left growers with both ideas for future plantings, and concerns about how the research would be done.

After a stop at the PGG barley warehouse in Alicel, the tour proceeded to Dale and Lisa Eisiminger's ranch outside Imbler for a steak barbecue lunch.

A count at the ranch showed that 244 people enjoyed the lunch in spite of cool temperatures.

— T.L. Petersen