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Coordinating pollination for better crop, profits

Plastic sheets on test plots where alkali bees emerge. PROSSER, Wash. – Huge, colorful plastic squares decorating a farm field in the Touchet Valley may look like works by environmental artist Christo, but they’re really part of an experiment to help producers of alfalfa seed realize higher profits. Alfalfa farmers in the area produce seed […]

WSU scientists to present at regional crop adviser conference

PULLMAN, Wash. – Scientists from the WSU department of crop and soil sciences will be among the featured presenters at the Northwest Certified Crop Adviser Conference to be held Aug. 2 – 4 in Spokane.   WSU faculty members will lead six of the conference’s 24 breakout sessions:   Rich Koenig, soil scientist and chair […]

Precision aggets it right

At the WSU Cook Agronomy Farm, USDA-ARS soil scientist David Huggins is developing a new generation of agricultural “tools” that may allow farmers to manage dryland crops down to the square meter. According to Chad Kruger, BIOAg educator for CSANR, the precision nitrogen management program is one of the obvious home runs of the Climate […]