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AgWeatherNet shows 2011 spring wettest, windiest in 20 years

      PROSSER, Wash. – Following a winter of wild weather extremes, springtime in central Washington was the wettest and windiest since 1990, according to data recently analyzed by Nic Loyd, Washington State University meteorologist, and Gerrit Hoogenboom, director of WSU AgWeatherNet.   Following periods of unusual warmth in January and February, a large-scale pattern […]

Food-system scholars to present ideas on sustainable food

WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center will present ideas about future directions in sustainable food production systems with agricultural experts on Friday, Oct. 22. The forum is free and open to anyone. The forum consists of two panels, one in Mount Vernon and the other in Pullman, interacting via a live video conferencing feed. […]

WSU scientists to present at regional crop adviser conference

PULLMAN, Wash. – Scientists from the WSU department of crop and soil sciences will be among the featured presenters at the Northwest Certified Crop Adviser Conference to be held Aug. 2 – 4 in Spokane.   WSU faculty members will lead six of the conference’s 24 breakout sessions:   Rich Koenig, soil scientist and chair […]

Research on Phytochemicals continues for a second year

A microphoto of a phytochemical, courtesy of WSU Extension. PULLMAN – Research on the benefits of phytochemicals in apples and raspberries will expand to include other major Washington crops, continuing a project that a WSU scientist began last year.   Bernd M. Lange, assistant professor in WSU’s Institute of Biological Chemistry, spearheaded the research project, […]

Peanuts make suprising debut

Photo: Like pennies from heaven, peanuts fall during October harvest in Pasco. (Photo by Kevin Montgomery).   Peanuts, traditionally a southern crop, have found a new calling in the sagebrush-covered soil of eastern Washington. On a WSU test plot in Pasco, recent harvests have produced peanuts in yields equal to or surpassing the national average. […]

Drought conditions bring tough choices for growers

Drought conditions in Washington, especially irrigation rationing in the Yakima Valley, are leading to hard choices for area growers, according to two Washington State University Extension educators.“We’re already seeing some crop shifting,” said Bob Stevens, extension soil scientist and interim director of WSU’s Prosser Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center. “Some orchards already are being […]