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June temperatures above normal despite mid-month cooling
July 15, 2014

By Hannah Shirley, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

agweathernet-logo-250PROSSER, Wash. – June was warm and dry in Washington, despite a few cool days and isolated wet weather mid-month. The Tri-Cities reached 90 degrees on June 2 and Orondo topped out at 95 degrees on June 23.

Rock Doc: An ancient American woman buried by the sea
July 8, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences 

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – I need a cap on my front tooth redone – it has a significant chip. Luckily I live at a time when dentists are in every city and town, plying their trade in ways that can help us each day.

Super-absorbent gel could help farmers save water
June 30, 2014

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Gel-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A biodegradable gel that can absorb more than 250 times its weight in water could potentially help farmers retain moisture in drought-stricken fields.

Warmest spring in 20 years ends with hottest May since 1997
June 23, 2014

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

agweathernet-logo-250PROSSER, Wash. – Turnabout is fair play and, apparently, the weather agrees. In a span of three years, Washingtonians have experienced both extremes of spring weather.

July 10: Field day highlights research, extension outreach
June 19, 2014

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

Field-day-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – A field tour, research updates and barbecue will highlight the free, public field day beginning at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center, 16650 State Route 536.

June 12: Drought, wheat, alternatives topics at field day
May 15, 2014

Lind-research-stationLIND, Wash. – The 98th annual Washington State University Lind Field Day will be Thursday, June 12, at the WSU Dryland Research Station north of Lind, Wash. Registration for the free, public event begins at 8:30 a.m. with the field tour starting at 9 a.m.

May 29: Free workshop in preparation for fire season
May 13, 2014

By Kate Wilhite, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

wildfire-by-bugwood.org-2j00EVERETT, Wash. – With wildfire season approaching, woodland owners can get help to protect their property and assess risk at a free Firewise Workshop 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at the Camano Multipurpose Center (the blue building), 141 NE Camano Dr., Camano Island, 15 minutes from the I-5 Stanwood/Camano exit. 

April weather brings early heat to the state
May 7, 2014

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

agweathernet-logo-250PROSSER, Wash. – April seemed anxious to welcome summer this year, as a rapid warming trend at month’s end brought Washington its hottest weather since September.

Illness-causing fungus spreads to Washington state
May 5, 2014

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Cocci-fungus-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A fungus found in semiarid parts of the Southwest that sometimes launches a lethal illness has been identified for the first time in Washington state soil, leading public health officials and an internationally known fungal expert at Washington State University to believe the organism is quietly spreading to the Northwest.