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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

From Feb. 6-13, SoilCon will host events taking place both in-person and online

SoilCon returning to WSU February

JASMINE LIN, Evergreen reporter January 30, 2024

SoilCon, an annual event focused on soil health information, will be returning for its fourth year with an event to take place at the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center. The event is sponsored...

Port of Whitman County Business Air Center.

Port of Whitman County Awarded $1.6 Million Loan

Grace Harvey, News Reporter October 10, 2023

On Sept. 21, the Port of Whitman County was awarded a low-interest $1.6 million loan from the Washington Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) to help fund the extension of rail of water infrastructure....

October generally sees an average maximum temperature of 59 degrees, with Oct. 8s temperature exceeding that by more than 20 degrees

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 Districts grant will allow landowners to apply for assistance in maintaining wildfire resiliency.

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...

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