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The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

Hemp produces high levels of chemicals that make it useful for pharmaceutical applications and industrial use.

WSU researchers receive grant to study hemp on West Coast

JUSTIN WASHINGTON, Evergreen research editor December 9, 2021

WSU researchers, in partnership with several universities and industries on the West Coast, received a five-year $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture grant program to study hemp on...

The Palouse Conservation District is one of four conservation districts in Whitman County. It will use a five-year $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study and adopt management practices to build soil health as part of its Farmers Leading Our United Revolution In Soil Health project.

Grant to help county FLOURISH

JUSTIN WASHINGTON, Evergreen research editor December 2, 2021

The Palouse Conservation District in Pullman received a five-year $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support studies observing climate-friendly agricultural practices and soil...

All wine sale profit will be recycled back into the program.

Squashing grapes: WSU alums create wines

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter November 11, 2021

Three friends at WSU Tri-Cities created two different Riesling white wines from grapes harvested on opposite sides of Lake Chelan, showing how location can impact wine taste.  Grapes were harvested...

A WSU graduate study conducted a study at Black Cyprus to test which wheat pasta people preferred.

Changing wheats is not ‘impastable’

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter November 3, 2021

A WSU doctoral student conducted a study to test which type of wheat locals prefer for their pasta: soft durum wheat or hard durum wheat.  Traditionally, hard durum wheat is used to make pasta, but...

WSU Bee Program Researcher Jennifer Han, left, and graduate student Adam Ware, right, check honey bee hives treated with fungus for mite populations in collaboration with a company called Fungi Perfecti.

Make a buzz to save the bees

ISABELLE BUSCH November 3, 2021

WSU Bee Program researchers are making a buzz to ensure the survival of the honey bees. Honey bees without a honey Genetic diversity is a big problem for honey bees, said Steve Sheppard, honey bee...

Pumpkins are scattered across the ground for a weekend pumpkin hunt hosted by the Spring Valley Family Tree Farm through October in Troy, Idaho. The farm began planting seeds later this year in mid-June because of early cold weather conditions.

Much ado about pumpkins

JUSTIN WASHINGTON, Evergreen research editor October 27, 2021

Pumpkins, notorious for being carved and used in pie, are one of the first indicators of the fall season. But they are tricky to grow in the Palouse. Pumpkins are fruits native to North America. Specifically,...

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

Tracking fields from space

PRESTON LAWRENCE, Evergreen reporter October 6, 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 29, 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 29, 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 22, 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 15, 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 15, 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...

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