Washington State University extension will hold high residue under irrigation workshops in Yakima and Moses Lake on Feb. 4-5. These workshops will cover the benefits and challenges of high residue farming, residue management, direct seeding, strip-tillage and the components of a high residue farming system. The workshops are for farmers in irrigated Central Washington.

According to featured workshop speaker Andrew McGuire, “high residue farming” is an umbrella term referring to cropping systems where tillage is reduced in order to maintain residue cover of the soil.

An irrigated cropping systems agronomist, McGuire said crop residue covering the soil provides the many benefits of high residue farming, including savings of time, fuel and equipment costs, decreased wind erosion, decreased water use and improved soils. Direct seeding (also called no-till), strip-till, and vertical tillage are all variations of high residue farming.

All those attending these workshops will receive the four publications in the Washington State University High Residue Farming under Irrigation series.

For registration, and more information contact Andrew McGuire at 509-754-2011 ext. 4313.