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Hands-on oilseed workshops begin Jan. 26

RICHLAND, Wash. – A new format and hands-on, interactive sessions about canola will highlight three workshops about oilseed crops to be held in the Washington communities of Hartline, Jan. 26; Ritzville, Jan. 31; and Clarkston, Feb. 2. » More …

A win-win for farmers and slowing climate change

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

Bill-Pan-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Climate change is already transforming agriculture in Washington. To help farmers deal with climate change, Bill Pan, a Washington State University professor of crop and soil sciences, is talking to them about ways to both adapt to changes and slow them down. » More …

Video, tours highlight canola crop trials, preparation

By Karen Sowers, WSU Extension

RICHLAND, Wash. – Record or near-record canola yields are expected this year in eastern Washington and the video below shows a crop near Odessa being pushed into tight rows for gradual ripening before harvest in about a week. » More …

Horned larks undeterred by efforts to protect canola

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

LIND, Wash. – A mystery in east-central Washington has canola farmers vexed and researchers scratching their heads. Horned larks are turning up in droves and decimating newly planted winter and spring canola fields despite multiple efforts to deter them. » More …

Researchers use plant oils for novel bio-based plastics

By Ethan Nash, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture intern

kessler-webPULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers have developed a new way to use plant oils like olive and linseed oil to create polyurethane, a plastic material used in everything from foam insulation panels to tires, hoses and sealants. » More …

Through Jan. 5: Early registration for oilseed conference

cropping-logo-200KENNEWICK, Wash. – Discounted registration is open through Jan. 5 for the 2015 Pacific Northwest Oilseed and Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference, where new and proven strategies to improve crop production and income generation will be highlighted. » More …