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Lind Dryland Research Station

History Facts

Year
1915 to 1930’s 1940’s 1950’s 1960’s 1970’s
1980’s 1990’s 2000’s 2010’s
1915
Beginning of the Lind Dryland Experiment Station
1916
First Field Day
1920
M. A. McCall, Superintendent
1924
H. M. Wanser began as assistant to the superintendent
1935
C. I. Seely, acting superintendent continued through April of 1936.
1936
A. M. Schlehuber was acting superintendent from June to August
1937
  • Harley D. Jacquot, Superintendent
  • Grain elevator was built
1948
John J. Sturm, Superintendent from Montana
1949
  • Fire on February 10 destroyed the office building. The Washington State Legislature was in session and they appropriated $46,000 to construct a new office with an attached greenhouse.
  • Adams County Commissioners deeded 2 acres to WSU at the Lind Dryland Research Station.
1950
Walter L. Nelson, Superintendent
1952 to 1953
  • A cross of Burt and Itana and originated (born) in the greenhouse during the winter of 1952-1953. Selections from this cross are now known as Wanser and McCall. In the fall of 1955 the station grew about 10,000 plants. That winter was a winter dreaded by the growers and only 500 of those plants survived. In 1957-1958 the crosses were selected for baking quality. The crosses were turned over to the Washington Crop Improvement Association for distribution to the farmers to produce seed wheat in 1966.
  • February of 1952 Dick ‘Masami’ Nagamitsu began working at the Lind Dryland Research Station.
1960 A 40 x 80 metal shop building was built and was funded by WSU.
1961
Gaines, a soft white winter wheat was released. The following year there were 500,000 bushels released for fall production. Attendance at the Lind field tour skyrocketed with interest and around 800 people in attendance.

1964

A second greenhouse addition was built, financed by a $12,000 grant from the Washington State Wheat Commission.
1965
  • Two new varieties of hard red winter wheat were developed over the past years at the Lind Dryland Experiment Station. Burt x Itana 34 (Wanser) and Burt x Itana 125 (McCall) were released. The Lind Dryland Research Station celebrated it’s golden anniversary by offering these two new varieites (Wanser and McCall) of wheat showing great promise. These were the first ever developed at Lind for the low rainfall area.
  • In addition Itana 65, Moro, and Nugaines were released.
  • Adams County Commissioners deeded 318 more acres to WSU for the Lind Dryland Research Station.
1966
  • A new deep well was built.
  • The Lind Dryland Research Station was presented an award from the United States Weather Bureau praising the personnel at the station for keeping very complete climatological records since 1916
1967
A new irrigation system was installed. A trailer house was added to the station. Washington Wheat Commission funded $11,000 and the remainder was funded by the state.
1970
Dr. Vogel speaks at 54th Lind Field Day about semi-dwarf varities that mark breakthrough in the fight against disease, stripe rust and snow mold
1971
  • Sprague wheat was released. It is a new snow-mold resistant semi-dwarf soft-white winter wheat
  • Walter Nelson resigned in October
1972
The Lind Dryland Experiment Station became part of the WSU Agronomy and Soils
1973
  • Sprague, a new soft white winter wheat snow-mold resistant variety, was available to the the commerical market. It was released in 1971
  • Dr. Edwin Donaldson takes over the hard red winter wheat breeding program at Lind
1979
Hatton, a new hard red winter wheat variety was released
1983
A seed processing and storage building was completed (now known as the Deffenbaugh building). Total cost was $146,000. The Washington Wheat Commission funded $80,000 and WSU Department of Agriculture (hay and grain fund) contributed $66,000
1985
  • A machine storage building was built for $65,000 and funded by Washington Wheat Commission
  • Bruce Sauer joined Lind as a research technician in the hard red winter wheat breeding program
  • Batum, another new hard red winter wheat variety was released
1987
Andrews, a semi-dwarf hard red winter wheat was released to the growers and in 1991 was registered with Crop Science Society
1990
Dick Nagamitsu retired after 38 years as a research technician at Lind. He began working at the station when the wheat breeding program was just beginning and spent his entire career with WSU developing hard red winter wheat varieties
1995
William F. Schillinger, director
1997
Finley, a hard red winter wheat was released
1998
The Mel and Donna Camp Endowment was established
2000
Edwin, a soft white winter wheat club was developed over the past few years by the Agricultural Research Center of Washington State University and released in 2000
2000
Otto and Doris Amen established the Otto and Doris Amen Endowment
2001
On April 1 Brian Fode joined the Lind Dryland Research Station as the stations maintenance utility worker
2004
Masami, a soft white winter wheat, was developed over the past few years by the Agricultural Research Center of Washington State University and released in 2004
2005
MDM, a semi-dwarf hard white winter wheat variety was developed over the past few years by the Agricultural Research Center of Washington State University and released in 2005
2006
  • Harry Schafer retires after 11+ years with WSU as a research technician.
  • Tim Smith hired as a research technician III in support of Bill Schillinger’s research program
2007
  • Xerpha, a soft white winter wheat variety was developed over the past few years by the Agricultural Research Center of Washington State University and released in 2007.
  • Bauermeister, a hard red winter wheat variety was developed over the past few years by the Agricultural Research Center of Washington State University and released in 2007.
2008
Gladys Nagamitsu retired after 52+ years of service at the Lind Dryland Research Station
2008
The Edward and Arlene Heinemann Lind Dryland Research Endowment was established
2011
John Jacoben hired as a research technician III in support of Bill Schillinger’s research program
2011
Arron Carter released “Otto”, a winter wheat variety named after Otto Amen, long-time Washington legislator and wheat farmer
 2013 Office receives a complete remodel with a new roof, new windows, new carpet and linoleum, and new bathroom and laboratory fixtures
 2014 Cindy Warriner retired after 17 years of service
 2014 Samantha Crow hired as office assistant III at the Lind Dryland Research Station
2015 Celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the Lind Station during the Lind Field Day on June 11

 

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