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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

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...

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...

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...

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 8, 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 USDA Plant Biosciences building will be the fifth addition to the universitys Research and Educational Complex.

USDA research facility will replace Johnson Hall

TIMOTHY FAIRBANKS-CLOUSER February 3, 2021

WSU plans to replace Johnson Hall with a new federally-funded USDA research building as an addition to the university’s modern research complex.   Richard Koenig, chair of WSU’s Department...

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