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Short window for public cherry picking at WSU
July 15, 2015

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

ranier-cherries-at-Tukey-webPULLMAN, Wash. – Due to the region’s overheated summer, this weekend could be the last chance to pick cherries this year at Washington State University’s Tukey Orchard.

Summer rains could mean sprout damage for wheat crops
July 14, 2015

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

PULLMAN, Wash. – Summer rains interrupted Washington’s heat wave last weekend, but more damp days could cause problems for some of the state’s wheat farmers.

El Nino bad for Washington drought, good for California
May 21, 2015

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Drought-map-webPULLMAN, Wash. – Despite recent rains, the drought settling over Washington state that spurred the governor to declare an emergency last week is likely to grow worse – driven by a strengthening El Nino weather pattern from the Pacific Ocean.

Researchers explain mystery of cereal grain defense
September 15, 2014

By Rebecca Phillips, University Communications science writer

barley_field-130PULLMAN, Wash. – Crop scientists at Washington State University have explained how genes in the barley plant turn on defenses against aging and stressors like drought, heat and disease.

Super-absorbent gel could help farmers save water
June 30, 2014

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Gel-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A biodegradable gel that can absorb more than 250 times its weight in water could potentially help farmers retain moisture in drought-stricken fields.

June 12: Drought, wheat, alternatives topics at field day
May 15, 2014

Lind-research-stationLIND, Wash. – The 98th annual Washington State University Lind Field Day will be Thursday, June 12, at the WSU Dryland Research Station north of Lind, Wash. Registration for the free, public event begins at 8:30 a.m. with the field tour starting at 9 a.m.

Drought conditions bring tough choices for growers
April 26, 2005

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 removed. Those growers may have been considering that option for awhile, but the lack of water is leading them to do it now.”Gov. Christine Gregoire last month authorized a statewide drought emergency because of low snow pack statewide, and earlier this month theBureau of Reclamation imposed rationing at 34 percent … » More …