WSU News grain

$5 million gift funds research facility, ups state grain game

By Rachel Webber, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Phase-1-of-grain-research-facility-100PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington Grain Commission announced Wednesday a $5 million gift to expand facilities and advance grain research at Washington State University. Plant growth facilities are central to developing grain varieties through WSU’s plant breeding programs. » More …

Researchers explain mystery of cereal grain defense

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. » More …

Discovering western Washington grains in a glass

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

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Demand for locally grown beer and booze has set the stage for craft brewing and distilling industries to capitalize on the flavors of western Washington wheat and barley. » More …

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 $200 a ton for organically grown grains delivered to the plant. That’s also about double the going price. Much of the demand for organic grain, including wheat, is being fueled by growth of organic dairies in the Northwest, according to Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, coordinator for Washington State University’s BIOAg program which promotes … » More …

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 transition*Potential use of goats to control weeds biologically*Winter legumes as green manure cover crops*Seeding rates of hairy vetch as green manure*Rhizoctonia root disease and weed seed bank depletion in spring wheat*Palouse prairie refuge planting for weed suppression and beneficial insect conservation along farm margins*Conserving beneficial insect communities on dryland farms*The … » More …