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Winter soil testing, research aid spinach seed growers
December 19, 2014

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

soil-prep-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Soil from area growers is being tested through mid-February at Washington State University Mount Vernon to determine field suitability for planting spinach seed in spring. Meanwhile, related spinach disease research recently was accepted for publication.

Study reveals promise for expanding hard cider industry
November 12, 2014

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

apples-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – A new study by researchers at Washington State University shows that mechanical harvesting of cider apples can provide labor and cost savings without affecting fruit, juice or cider quality.

Nov. 20: Advocate promotes agricultural, cultural diversity
October 24, 2014

By Louisa Winkler, WSU Mount Vernon

Gary-Nabhan-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – An expert on the cultural and plant diversity stewarded by farming communities around the world will present the free, public Harvest Seminar at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Research Center, 16650 State Route 536.

Rebuilding soil boosts threatened beet seed production
October 21, 2014

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

du-Toit-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Growers in the fertile Skagit Valley have reported drops in historical beet seed yields of as much as 50 percent, according to Lindsey du Toit, vegetable seed pathologist at Washington State University. While disease and herbicides may cause isolated problems, researchers recently determined that poor soil is the prevailing factor.

Mount Vernon berry pathology research aids Westside growers
September 29, 2014

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Northwest Washington’s small fruit growers may get some help warding off two growing threats to their high-value crops, as a result of the ongoing work of WSU Mount Vernon’s new berry pathology research team.

Researchers argue for better bread ingredient labeling
September 24, 2014

breadMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – In the interest of nutrition, health and taste, the time is right to clean up bread, write Washington State University researchers in the Healthy Living section of the Huffington Post on Sept. 23.

Sept. 11: 9/11 ceremony honors WWI veterans
September 4, 2014

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

Sundance-at-memorial-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Veterans will be honored and the 100th anniversary of World War I commemorated at a public ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in the Discovery Garden at Washington State University Mount Vernon, 16650 State Route 536 (Memorial Highway).

Fungal disease breaks out in Pacific Northwest crops
August 25, 2014

By Rachel Webber, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Cabbage-seed-infectedMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Vegetable and oilseed growers are advised to take extra precautions after an outbreak of three fungal diseases in Pacific Northwest crops, said plant pathologist Lindsey du Toit.

Sept. 12: Film explores seed preservation, future of food
August 15, 2014

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

FowlerMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – The makers of a film about preserving the world’s food supply will discuss their movie after a free, public showing at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at Washington State University Mount Vernon, 16650 State Route 536.