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The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

Wheat fields on the Palouse as seen from hiking trails near the Retreat in Pullman, WA

Winter Wheat for 2023 predicted to be a down year

JOSIAH PIKE, Evergreen news co-editor May 29, 2023

The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts the Pacific Northwest will produce less winter wheat than usual. Drought is a big cause of this issue, with “48 percent of the production estimated to be...

Winter wheat near Mayview, WA. June 17, 2020.

Winter wheat acreage being slightly down is ‘not a problem’

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter January 24, 2023

Winter wheat acreage is down slightly across Washington and 1.8 million acres of wheat were planted this year, which is down 3% from the previous year, according to the National Agricultural Statistics...

“[The heat] really has an effect on how much we have available to meet orders every week.

High temperatures affect local producers

GREY KAMASZ, Evergreen reporter August 25, 2022

With rising temperatures in Pullman and Moscow, producers are unable to sell some varieties of their crops.  At the WSU Eggert Family Organic Farm lettuce was affected by the heat, said Brad Jaeckel,...

Doctorate student Madeline Desjardins takes deep soil cores to quantify soil carbon in a long-term biosolids experiment in Douglas County, Wash.

Researchers aim to improve soil health, crop quality with biosolid testing

GREY KAMASZ, Evergreen reporter June 23, 2022

WSU researchers are examining the effects of biosolid application on soil health and crop productivity to help establish cover crops in central Washington. Biosolids are human waste recycled from sewage...

Goosehill Farm onioncrops in May of this year

Former WSU student achieved goal of running his own local farm

Josiah Pike , Evergreen news co-editor June 17, 2022

Each morning, former WSU student Zach Skirvin walks around Goose Hill Farm in Viola, Idaho, watering crops and pulling weeds before tackling the day. Skirvin founded the farm only a few months ago,...

Xianming Chen, plant pathology doctor for the USDA Agricultural Research Service, showcases the wheat being used for the study.

Researchers investigate combating stripe rust

DAVID HUTNER, Evergreen reporter February 17, 2022

Researchers from WSU and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are working to combat stripe rust, a fungus that can devastate wheat crops and harvests in the Pacific Northwest. The aim...

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...

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 28, 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 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...

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...

Per capita income in Whitman County sat at $42,665 in 2019, which is an increase from $42,215 in 2018.

Wheat harvest, WSU enrollment are ‘cornerstones’ of county economy

ALEX MCCOLLUM, Multimedia editor September 22, 2021

Enrollment at WSU and productive agricultural harvests are important to a successful economy in Whitman County, but both can be difficult to predict. One issue with tracking economics is that certain...

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