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Holiday greenery harvest adjusts to ‘Godzilla El Nino’

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

Noble-fir-wreath-by-Freed-webOLYMPIA, Wash. – Harvest of evergreen boughs for holiday garlands and wreaths got a late start thanks to the warmest October on record. Just what the economic impact is won’t be clear until the holiday season is over. » More …

WSU receives $2.7 million to research costly potato threat

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

potato-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Zebra chip disease, caused by a bacterium carried by insects, can ruin a potato crop; but little is known about where it comes from and how it can be avoided. » More …

Starts Oct. 13: Wood to biofuel webinar series offered

By Charles Burke, WSU NARA

hands holding wood byproducts1 (1)PULLMAN, Wash. – The newest findings about using material left in forest slash piles to produce alternative biofuels for jet aircraft and other co-products will be presented in a series of five free wood-to-biofuel webinars in October. » More …

Study shows growing impact of Washington wine industry

wine-80SEATTLE – The economic impact of wine and wine grapes in Washington shows an increase of $1.3 billion since 2009, or a compound growth rate of 8.5 percent per year, according to a study released today by Washington State Wine. The economic impact of the state’s wine industry was $4.8 billion in 2013, up from $3.5 billion in 2009. » More …

WECO donates optical wine grape sorter for research

By Erika Holmes, Viticulture & Enology

wine-sorting-graphic-80WOODLAND, Calif. – WECO Sorting and Automation Solutions has donated a state-of-the-art optical wine grape sorter worth $71,500 to the new Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Wine Science Center at the Washington State University Tri-Cities campus in Richland, Wash. » More …

Register by Sept. 10 for agricultural technology open house

apple-robot-80PROSSER, Wash. – Agricultural automation, robotics, precision agriculture technologies and associated economics research will be showcased at the free Agricultural Technology Day open house noon-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at Washington State University’s new Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems (CPAAS) facility on Bunn Road in Prosser. » More …

WSU Tri-Cities prof receives grant to study high-energy biofuels

LeiHanwu3RICHLAND, Wash. — Hanwu Lei, Washington State University Tri-Cities associate professor in biological systems engineering, was awarded a $494,000 grant this fall to research catalysts, which will be used to increase the energy output and performance of biofuels. » More …