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Crop-saving soil tests now at farmers’ fingertips

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences

PCR soil pathogen test in fieldPULLMAN, Wash.  Soil pathogen testing – critical to farming, but painstakingly slow and expensive – will soon be done accurately, quickly, inexpensively and onsite, thanks to research that Washington State University scientists are sharing. » More …

Battle for Spinach: Tiny crop, huge value, no virgin soil, big trouble

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – In the Pacific Northwest, spinach seed is a tiny crop with huge value. And it’s in big trouble. » More …

Bread Lab director Stephen Jones earns Pellegrini Award

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Stephen Jones, director of the Washington State University Bread Lab and professor of Crop and Soil Sciences, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Angelo Pellegrini Award. » More …

Weathercatch: Two regions, same latitude, different climates

By Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, and Linda Weiford, WSU News

Weathercatch Photo LogoWho needs a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day when Mother Nature gave us a gift of mild winter?  Until this week’s temperature dip and predicted snowfall beginning tonight, we enjoyed a long stretch of unseasonably warm days. » More …

WSU researchers build -300ºF alien ocean to test NASA outer space submarine

ººBy Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

NASA logoPULLMAN, Wash. –  Engineers know how to design submarines on Earth, but building one gets a lot trickier when the temperature drops to -300 Fahrenheit and the ocean is made of methane and ethane.  » More …

André-Denis Girard Wright named dean of CAHNRS

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PULLMAN, Wash. – André-Denis Girard Wright, an internationally recognized researcher and director of the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the University of Arizona, has been named dean of the Washington State University College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. » More …

Feb. 8: ‘Healthy Soils, Healthy Farms’ workshop

Palouse farm fields and soilPULLMAN, Wash. – “Healthy Soils, Healthy Farms,” a workshop designed for farmers and interested residents in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, will be presented by Washington State University Extension, 7:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at Banyan’s Pavilion. » More …