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Dryland roots: WSU Lind station looks back on century
May 29, 2015

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

LIND, Wash. – The Washington State University Dryland Research Station will celebrate its 100th anniversary at the annual Lind Field Day on Thursday, June 11.

June 25: Small Grains Field Day heralds new varieties
May 28, 2015

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

small-grainsMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Color, flavor and aroma will highlight the free, public Small Grains Field Day 3-6 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Research Center, 16650 State Route 536 (Memorial Highway).

Tradition + innovation = future of good food
April 21, 2015

By Alyssa Patrick, Economic Development

pastaMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Bringing tradition and innovation together to highlight natural flavors is the future of good food, said award-winning chef Marc Vetri at a lecture in Mount Vernon last week.

April 16: Bread lab inspires chef promoting handmade food
March 20, 2015

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

pasta-book-coverMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Marc Vetri will share his culinary insights – and fresh pasta samples – at a free, public book signing at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Research Center.

Fighting tulip weeds, diseases with cover crops
February 25, 2015

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

Skagit-Valley-tulipsMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Rotating cover crops in tulip fields shows promise for fighting disease in the economically important flower bulb, according to early research findings at the Washington State University research center in Mount Vernon.

Grafting research could rescue state’s watermelon crop
February 23, 2015

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

watermelonMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – The watermelon crop has declined dramatically in Washington because of disease. But Washington State University researchers are developing a solution that involves grafting watermelon plants onto squash and other vine plant rootstocks.

Feb. 27: Potato workshop highlights best practices, research
February 18, 2015

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

potatoMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Diseases and weeds that afflict potatoes and best practices for growing them in western Washington are among the topics at a potato workshop 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Research Center, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon.

Grant enables WSU scientists to study cider apple qualities
February 16, 2015

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

Miles-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Cider apple qualities and consumer preferences will be evaluated thanks to a $40,000 “Emerging Research Issues” grant received this month by Washington State University researchers.

Fruit quality the focus of new biodegradable mulch research
February 13, 2015

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

DeVetter-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Biodegradable mulches provide eco-friendly benefits to the agriculture industry, but the effects on fruit quality of these weed-controlling, moisture-preserving products are largely unknown.

Feb. 11: Blueberry workshop examines organic alternatives
February 5, 2015

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

blueberries-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Alternatives to pesticide use will be discussed by Washington State University researchers at a blueberry growers workshop 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the WSU research center, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon.