Featured image: courtesy of Stuart Reitz
Update as of August 9: the date originally posted for the WSU Ext. event was listed incorrectly. The event is on Thursday, August 29, not August 28. Please make a note and download the event flier listed in the body of the article.
Two Northwest extension field days will be taking place later this month, with the Oregon State University Malheur Experiment Station in Ontario, OR, hosting its variety day is Tuesday, Aug. 27, and Washington State University Extension onion field day on Thursday, Aug. 29.
Malheur Experiment Station Director Stuart Reitz told us that event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“We have over 50 varieties in the trial this year,” Stuart said. “People are welcome to walk through the plots to look at all of the varieties. They can bring a knife to slice bulbs and take a look inside.” He added, “As always, the variety day is a bit of a self-guided tour. The station staff will be there to answer questions, but folks can take their time looking at the varieties that interest them the most. After looking through the trial, everyone is invited to be our guests for lunch.” For more info, contact Stuart at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 541-889-2174, or RSVP to Jan Jones of OSU at 541-889-2174. Click, download, view and print the flier HERE.
To the north in Connell, WA on Larry and Kerrick Bauman’s farm, WSU is celebrating its 35 anniversary of the Onion Cultivar Evaluation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at L&L Ag. Production. A BBQ lunch will follow at the Scooteney Reservoir Picnic area.
Information provided by Tim Waters with WSU Benton-Franklin Extension said that this year’s trial includes 47 onion cultivars and lines from seven different seed companies to compare and contrast under local growing conditions. The field day will kick off with a short crop overview, and participants will then have the opportunity to examine each of the entries in the trial. WSU and USDA Onion Researchers will be on hand to discuss their research. For more information, contact Tim Waters at 509-545-3511 or Carrie Wohleb with WSU Grant-Adams Extension at 509-707-3510. Download, view and print the event flier HERE.
More trail field photos below, courtesy of Larry Bauman of L&L Ag. Production.