7th Annual Pennycress Field Day

May 12, 2016 Field Tour

Another perfect day for a plot tour. With the mild winter, the pennycress was 10-days ahead of scehdule and was entering the dry down phase of maturity. The plots looked great. This years tour was well attended by producers, industry, USDA and University researchers,and students.

Pennycress research plots

Dr. Phippen gives a brief overview of results from past pennycress research projects on variety trails and fungicide treatments.

Dr. Phippen demonstrating impact of population density study.

Dr. Phippen dicusses WIU breeding program on Winter and Spring type pennycress

Dr. Phippen identifies critical traits in breeding program

Tractor ride to pennycress breeding plots.

Dr. Phippen explains the propogation methods used in growing pennycress in the new WIU research greenhouse facility.


Fungicide evaulation plots using Priaxor.

Dr. Phippen explains pennycress planting and plot layouts.

Dr. Phippen discusses varying traits in wild populations of pennycress.

Dr. John Sedbrook from ISU dicusses Mutant breeding program.

Attendees examine breeding crosses.

Dr. Phippen discusses current breeding program on pennycress in new greenhouse facility.