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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 …

March 19: Grape pest management in western Washington

powdery-mildew-on-grapesSTANWOOD Wash. – Grape pest and disease management for growers in western Washington will be discussed in a hands-on workshop on Saturday, March 19, at the Stillaguamish Grange, 6521 Pioneer Hwy., Stanwood. » More …

New ‘Alien’ wasp discovered in Washington state

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

waspPULLMAN, Wash. – The discovery in Washington state of a parasitic wasp that kills its host like a scene from the “Alien” sci-fi movie has entomologists cheering from the west coast to the east. » More …

Weighing benefits, risks of wild birds on organic farms

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

Bluebird-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University will help organic growers protect human health by assessing the risks and benefits of wild birds on organic farms. Researchers received nearly $2 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic Research and Extension Initiative to conduct the study. » More …

Student awarded financial assistance after earthquake

By Akinlana Sterling, International Programs

PaudelPULLMAN, Wash. – A Nepali doctoral student whose finances were threatened following spring earthquakes in his country is on track to complete his dissertation this fall thanks to private aid and Washington State University matching funds. » More …

Vineyard natural habitats assist with butterfly comeback

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

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PROSSER, Wash. – Washington wine grape vineyards experimenting with sustainable pest management systems are seeing an unexpected benefit: an increase in butterflies. » More …