Harvest celebration at WSU organic farm

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 […]

Scientist aims to boost diminutive crop

  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 […]

Students ride a combine, experience the Palouse

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 […]

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. […]

WSU scientists perfecting mechanical harvest of cherries

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 […]

Abundant Harvest

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 […]