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Nov. 8: Farm recordkeeping workshop offered
October 21, 2014

By Kate Halstead, WSU Extension

financial-management-80pEVERETT, Wash. – Accurate and up-to-date financial records are essential for successful farms and agricultural businesses. A workshop, “Farm Recordkeeping for Productivity and Profitability,” will be offered 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Washington State University Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE, in Everett.

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.

Oct. 21: Wikipedia edit-a-thon part of Open Access Week
October 16, 2014

By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries

Open-access-logo-220PULLMAN, Wash. – If you read Wikipedia’s biographical article on Maya Angelou, especially after the acclaimed writer’s death last spring, then you’ve read the work of Washington State University’s Christine Meyer.

Oct. 25: Field tour showcases forests, harvesting, milling
October 14, 2014

forestVASHON, Wash. – Woodland owners, architects and builders will learn how local wood is harvested, milled and used in construction during the Vashon Field Tour 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Vashon Island High School, 20120 Vashon Hwy. SW, Vashon, Wash.

Rock Doc column: Triggering the Ice Age
October 14, 2014

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

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – From time to time I give public talks on climate change – those large scale changes geologists have been studying since the 1830s. At those talks I’m often asked a basic question about climate that, until now, has stumped scientists. Here’s the background.

Oct. 22: AHB webinar on clean fuel standards
October 9, 2014

PULLMAN, Wash. – Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB), a consortium of regional university and industry partners working to prepare the Pacific Northwest for a sustainable hardwood bioproducts and biofuels industry, will celebrate National Bioenergy Day on Oct.22 with an informative webinar focusing on the debate surrounding a Clean Fuels Standard in Washington and Oregon.

Grant helps WSU improve state’s most valuable crops
October 8, 2014

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

rosaceae-200-iStock-photoPULLMAN, Wash. – Scientists at Washington State University have been awarded $2.53 million to improve fruit quality and disease resistance of crops in the rosaceae family (apple, blackberry, peach, pear, rose, strawberry, sweet cherry and tart cherry).

Results of WA 38 apple trees drawing announced
October 7, 2014

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

WA-38-applePULLMAN, Wash. – Twenty-four Washington growers will be the first to grow the new apple from Washington State University’s breeding program – the Cosmic Crisp brand WA 38 variety.