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Does ‘wheat sweat’ add humidity to region’s weather?

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Ripened wheat in the Inland Northwest, taken in late July. (Photo by Henry Moore)

By Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, and Linda Weiford, WSU News

weathercatch(2) (2)SPOKANE, Wash. – “Corn sweat” made big news in late July as the Midwest baked and wilted in heat and humidity. Television reporters standing waist-deep among corn stalks explained how millions of crop acres across the nation’s Corn Belt were contributing to a stretch of miserable weather. » More …

WSU wheat researchers tackle widespread quality problem

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

HarvestPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington wheat farmers are being hit hard by low falling numbers in their grain. A sign of poor flour quality, low falling numbers are caused by severe temperature swings or rain before harvest. » More …

Two WSU wheat scientists named Vogel Endowed Chairs

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

Carter,-left,-and-PumphreyLIND, Wash. – Washington State University’s two leading wheat breeders will advance the state’s $1 billion wheat industry as co-recipients of the O.A. Vogel Endowed Chair in Wheat Breeding and Genetics. » More …

June 22: How healthy soil improves yields, ecosystem

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

Farm-tourPULLMAN, Wash. – Experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture at Washington State University will share the latest research on how soil health can improve farm profitability at the Cook Agronomy Farm Field Day Wednesday, June 22, in Whitman County, Wash. » More …

Plant growth facility dedicated

PULLMAN, Wash. – The new $15 million Washington Grains Plant Growth Facility on the Washington State University Pullman campus was dedicated Saturday. » More …

Oct. 17: Dedication of new plant growth facility

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

Young-wheat-in-greenhouse-webPULLMAN, Wash. – When it comes to breeding new wheat varieties, efficiency is key.

“If we can be more efficient in the greenhouse, that translates into better genetic lines that we can look at in field conditions,” said Arron Carter, Washington State University’s winter wheat breeder. “That means better products get out faster with better information for growers.” » More …

‘A good straw year’: Bales in big demand in the Northwest

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

Straw-bales-small-webPULLMAN, Wash. – To bale or not to bale? That’s a question farmers face every year about wheat straw, which can be seen stacked in large quantities throughout Washington’s wheat country as harvest season ends. » More …