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Grad student’s find sheds light on disease spread

PULLMAN – Washington’s peppermint producers can make better informed decisions about what to plant and how to rotate their crops, thanks to a discovery by graduate student Jeremiah Dung. The state’s peppermint industry was valued at $36.6 million in 2009.   Dung, who is pursuing his Ph.D. in plant pathology, earned first place in a […]

Organic gardens may yield more nutrients

PULLMAN – One of the hottest trends in gardening today is organic gardening which relies on natural processes to grow plants. There is now a growing consensus among scientists that organically grown fruits and vegetables may contain higher levels of nutrients than conventionally grown produce. “Organic gardening is experiencing a surge in interest,” said Tonie […]

Pest management fruit school is now offered

WENATCHEE – WSU, in collaboration with the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, is offering the 2008 Pest Management Fruit School, Dec. 11-12.   WSU Fruit Schools are a series of intensive workshops designed to empower fruit growers, orchard managers, crop consultants and field staff with up-to-the-minute information on relevant issues to the industry.  This year […]

Faculty member honored for international work

Naidu Rayapati, a plant virologist at the Washington State University Prosser Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, has received the International Service Award from the American Phytopathological Society. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to plant pathology by international members for countries other than their own. Rayapati was honored for accomplishments in solving virus disease problems […]

Organic research sees the numbers

Grain Millers, Inc., in Eugene, Ore., can’t get enough organic grain and is currently offering about $9 per bushel for what it can find, including barley. That’s about double the prices paid for conventionally grown grain. Cargill’s Ferndale Growers, which formulates organic feed for the state’s organic and dairy meat industries, is paying $100 to […]

Biofuels, biometeorology subject of Campbell lecture

PULLMAN – John M. Baker, research leader with the U.S.Department of Agricultural Research Service, will deliver the fourth annual Campbell Lecture at 4:10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in room 203 of the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education. Baker, whose research has focused on the impact of farm management practices on the cycling of carbon and […]

Organic dryland grain cop field day rescheduled

Field studies on dryland organic grain production will be featured at the 4th-annual Organic Dryland Grain Crop Field Day, scheduled June 20 at the Les and Pat Boyd farm.Field day topics include:*Production systems that facilitate the transition from conventional to organic grain production*The economics of making the transition*Earthworms as indicators of soil health during the […]

2nd Allan Plant Breeding Symposium April 17

Crop breeders from North Carolina and California will discuss their work at the second Robert E. Allan Plant Breeding Symposium on Monday, April 17 at 1 p.m. in Johnson Hall, Room C107.Jim Holland, a maize geneticist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service at North Carolina State, will discuss how genes interact at the molecular and […]