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Harvest celebration at WSU organic farm
September 20, 2013

PULLMAN, Wash. – Celebrate fall at the free, public Harvest Party 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Washington State University organic farm.

Activities will include hay wagon rides, face painting and games.

Pumpkins, sold by weight, will be available from a U-pick pumpkin patch of traditional jack-o-lanterns, baby pumpkins and a few novelty varieties.

Wood-fired pizza and fresh-pressed cider will be sold. Cash or check only for purchased items.

“The Harvest Party is a wonderful time and place to enjoy the Palouse with family and friends,” said organic farm manager Brad Jaeckel. “And, to get your fall pumpkins and apples!”

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Scientist aims to boost diminutive crop
August 27, 2013

Lentil harvest


Agriculture technician Jarrod Pfaff harvests lentils at WSU’s Spillman Farm
assisted by student worker David Hanson. (Photos by Linda Weiford, WSU News) 



PULLMAN, Wash. – It’s harvest season and the Palouse is a patchwork of amber and bronze. Quick, before it’s gone – look closely and you’ll see an understated wonder of our landscape.




The Palouse pumps out more than a million pounds of them annually, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


And though our so-called “Lentil Capital of the World” celebrates this tiny, lens-shaped legume each August with … » More …

Students ride a combine, experience the Palouse
August 12, 2013

international students at harvest

PULLMAN, Wash. – Eight international Cougs recently experienced wheat harvest firsthand with Whitman County wheat farmer Toby Nelson and his crew.

Jody White, international program specialist for WSU’s Office of International Programs (IP), facilitated the farm visit to expose international students to the local community and the main agricultural product of eastern Washington.

Learning from new experiences

“I’ve been at WSU for five years and it was time I learned what’s growing in our backyard,” said Narendra Parmar, a Ph.D student in physics from India. 

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Peanuts make suprising debut
November 30, 2007

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. Indeed, all across Washington, alternative crops from sunflowers to soybeans are poised to boost the state’s economy.

Tim Waters, area extension educator for Franklin and Benton counties, reports early October peanut yields of 1,922 to 4,096 pounds per acre. … » More …

WSU scientists perfecting mechanical harvest of cherries
August 30, 2006

PROSSER, Wash. — Rich, velvet-red, fresh sweet cherries are in high demand, and so are skilled laborers to harvest the highly perishable crop. However, labor shortages and labor costs may soon be a thing of the past for Northwest cherry producers, if consumers will accept their fresh cherries free of stems. In a project funded by Washington State University’s International Marketing Program for Agricultural Commodities and Trade Center, scientists here are perfecting a mechanical alternative to hand-picking fresh sweet cherries. Cherries are the most labor intensive fruit crop and one of the fastest growing fresh fruit exports in the Northwest. According to Matt Whiting, a … » More …

Abundant Harvest
October 15, 2003

Ricardo Diaz, a WSU agribusiness graduate student from Chile and a member of the Horticulture Club, sets out pumpkins for sale recently at Tukey Orchard on Airport Road. Apples, pears and potatoes are available too. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. (Photo by Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services) (*note, this is a photo cutline only)