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Photo shows satellite images of a double cropped field over time.

Tracking fields from space

PRESTON LAWRENCE, Evergreen reporter October 7, 2021

Researchers from WSU and the Washington State Department of Agriculture are using satellites to monitor the amount of double cropping in the state.  Double cropping occurs when two crops are harvested...

The rain allowed the WSU Eggert Family Organic Farm to skip one irrigation cycle for vegetable crops. The farm had to slightly increase the length of irrigation over the summer because of a lack of rainfall.

It’s raining, but not really pouring

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter September 30, 2021

WSU Eggert Family Organic Farm received a bit of a reprieve from a longer summer drought after experiencing rainfall on Sept. 18.  Pullman received .29 inches of rain on Sept. 18, according to the...

Biodegradable plastic mulches are used by conventional growers, but not by organic production because the mulch uses genetically modified organisms.

Mulch by any other name may not be as organic

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter September 30, 2021

WSU scientists are working to produce a biodegradable alternative to plastic mulch for organic farmers.  Mulch is placed on the soil surface to suppress weeds, modify soil temperatures, reduce soil...

Crop insurance financially covers cops that cannot be sold, like this frost-damaged spring canola from May.

Crop Insurance ensures the future of farms

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter September 23, 2021

Agriculture is a risky business, which is why farmers rely on crop insurance to cover their losses when prices and crop yields drop.  Most farms in Washington rely on crop insurance, said Randy...

Researchers were studying how drought conditions affect the trees to determine which variety would best serve as winbreak tress for farmsteads.

Lind Dryland and the death of 85 Austrian trees

KASSANDRA VOGEL, Evergreen reporter September 16, 2021

WSU’s Lind Dryland Research Station housed 85 Austrian pine trees for 45 years before they were all destroyed in a fire this summer, leaving decades of ongoing research incomplete.  In 1976, 329...

The WSU Wilke Research and Extension Farm is located in Davenport, Washington.

Wilke Farm: Home to studies, researchers

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter September 16, 2021

Located in Washington’s intermediate rain zone in Davenport, the WSU Wilke Research and Extension Farm has been conducting research on cropping systems that improve farm profitability and enhance soil...

Sarah Nehring, left, speaks with long-time customer Bonny Boyan, right, at the WSU Eggert Organic Family Farm Friday afternoon. The farm sells fresh produce harvested with help from WSU students.

From the fields to the market

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter September 16, 2021

A quiet and peaceful organic farm located on the corner of campus was idle on Friday because of the pouring rain, but loyal customers still showed up to buy fresh produce.  Bonny Boyan, WSU Library...

Anantharaman Kalyanaraman, computer science professor and lead principal investigator, and his team test an AI system at the demo research farm at a center in Prosser, Washington.

Farming with bots

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter September 9, 2021

WSU received a $20 million grant in July prompting researchers to begin planning a future project that will support the development of artificial intelligence within the agricultural industry, which will...

The grapes are kept in six portable hoop houses, which contain a set of frames and shade cloth that cover a variety of grapes.

Save the grapes, fight the smoke

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter September 2, 2021

Following the destruction of the wildfires over the past few years, researcher Tom Collins has developed solutions to fight harmful effects from smoke exposure on wine grapes.  Collins, WSU Viticulture...

Professor Idil Akin collects soil samples for research after the 2018 Mesa Wildfire.

Soil: On unsteady ground

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter September 2, 2021

A WSU researcher received a $567,113 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the mechanisms that cause landslides after a wildfire occurs.  Landslides can occur at varying times after a...

The research team wants to use a more holistic approach to determine where resources should be put to fight disease at a larger level.

WSU researchers develop way to measure diseases in cows

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter April 29, 2021

WSU researchers are measuring the impact of common diseases in dairy cows to develop more effective treatments and preventative measures. The team is developing a metric similar to one that is currently...

Cider apples contain fewer nutrients and amino acids than other fruits, making them harder to ferment. The researchers want to understand the types of nutrients available in the apples.

Researchers to improve cider fermentation

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter March 4, 2021

To make the apple cider fermentation process easier and more predictable, WSU researchers are trying to add more nutrients to cider. The research team is creating a powder base with extra nutrients...

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