From the Field: Southeastern Washington Cold Injury Notes

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Here are observations from trials from Southeastern Washington: Anatone, Mayview, Dayton, and Walla Walla on Monday, February 19, 2024. We obtained uniform stands at all four sites as can be seen in the photos. One exception was a planting error in the first row of the fall planted spring trial at Dayton. There were some differences in growth among varieties at Dayton and Walla Walla as you can hopefully notice in the Dayton Winter image.

LCS Artdeco, LCS Kamiak, Appleby CL+, and VI Voodoo CL+ were substantially more erect compared to most everything else in the trials, although SY Assure, AP Iliad, AP Exceed, and WB1545 weren’t far behind. Despite their more advanced appearance, nothing had begun jointing quite yet.

A couple of hard red spring lines entered into the hard red winter wheat trial were hit hard by cold injury, while the winter wheat was mostly unharmed. A few of the more advanced varieties like LCS Artdeco, LCS Kamiak, Appleby CL+, and VI Voodoo CL+ had some noticeable leaf tip burn, but otherwise were fine. I have yet to observe any severe winter injury on any of the winter barley entries this year at any site I’ve checked.

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