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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

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 reporter 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, Evergreen reporter 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...

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...

Whitman County residents can complete a public input survey to guide the creation of the plan. So far, 280 responses have been collected.

County residents share desire for new businesses, growing rural areas

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen roots editor March 12, 2021

Public officials and community members discussed priorities to include in a county document that would guide decisions for the next 20 years during a meeting Wednesday night. Since 1978, the Whitman...

The drafted comprehensive plan will be completed by June or July, then presented to the public. Around December, it will be presented to the county commissioners for approval.

County to revitalize goals, priorities for land development

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen roots editor February 15, 2021

Whitman County officials are seeking public input to update its comprehensive plan that will determine priorities for land development in the next 20 years. The county comprehensive plan focuses on...

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