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April 13: Livestock forage, pasture workshop
March 25, 2016

pastureEVERETT, Wash. – Top quality forage is essential for livestock to receive adequate nutrition. A workshop on Forage Testing and Pasture Management will be 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the Washington State University Snohomish County Extension Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.

Did port slowdowns bust state’s hay export boom?
March 16, 2015

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

JimBaird-80SEATTLE – Washington grows and exports some of the best hay in the world, but the market has taken a significant hit from the recent dockworker slowdown that crippled West Coast ports. 

Flood-dampened hay poses fire risk
December 14, 2007

PROSSER – Stored hay dampened by flooding in southwestern Washington poses a serious risk for spontaneous combustion, according to two Washington State University experts.

Moisture reduces the hay’s quality and can create microbial growth and chemical reactions that could result in fire, according to WSU associate crop scientist Steve Fransen and Skagit County Extension educator Ned Zaugg.

The two have authored an informational paper on the risk, describing how to test for signs of spontaneous combustion and what to do about it. The Washington State Department of Agriculture is distributing the paper to farmers and ranchers in flood areas. The information is also available on … » More …