Spillman Agronomy Farm was developed in 1955 by Dr. Orville Vogel, the third wheat breeder at WSU. The farm was purchased through a novel combination of state, private industry, and grower money. Many of the highest producing wheats in the Pacific Northwest today were developed at Spillman Agronomy Farm. In addition to wheat, the Spillman Agronomy Farm has also served as the foundation for barley and legume breeding programs that have provided significant additional economic returns to Washington farmers since 1955.
Harvest at Spillman Farm depends on student help
PULLMAN, Wash. – It didn’t matter that the mercury refused to budge from near 100 degrees in the early half of the week preceding the start of fall semester. Harvest had begun at Spillman Agronomy Farm just outside of Pullman. WSU staff and students climbed into dusty trucks, piled onto mammoth combines and waded between rows of wheat and barley test plots to bring in the seed under the scorching sun.