WSU, a Land Grant College, is dedicated to agriculture production in Washington State. And agriculture, primarily dry-land wheat and barley production, is the primary industry in the Lincoln and East Adams County Area. WSU Faculty and specialists work together to solve agronomic issues, providing education and information on innovative crop production methods, pest identification and management, new seed varieties, to local producers through field tours, workshops, seminars, and pesticide courses. See menu links for categories of information.
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February 8, 2018
Banyans on the Ridge, Pullman, WA
The Healthy Soils in Eastern Washington – The Foundation of Healthy Farms workshop will be held on February 8. Hosted by WSU Farmers Network and Wheat & Small Grains Dryland Cropping Systems will deliver in-depth knowledge to an audience on soil health.
In-depth topics include:
- soil health testing methods that are useful to document soil health change
- management options for minimizing water and wind erosion
- cover cropping in low rainfall dryland cropping systems
- soil acidification, healthy roots promotes healthy soils
- partnership opportunities for soil health improvement
- soil health policy and programs at state and federal level
2018 WSU-WOCS Oilseed Workshops
January 22 – Hartline
January 24 – Richland
Registration is available for the 2018 WSU-WOCS Oilseed Workshops! We are excited to have Mike Stamm, winter canola breeder at Kansas State University, at the Hartline and Tri-Cities workshops, and Dan Orchard, canola agronomist with the Canola Council of Canada, at all three workshops. Join us for a day filled with canola production and marketing information, expanded diagnostics with live plants, research updates from PNW universities, and great opportunities for networking! Questions? Email Karen Sowers. Note: if you prefer to pay for registration by check, make out the check to the WA Oilseeds Commission for $20/person, and write the workshop location(s) in the memo line: WA Oilseeds Commission, c/o Ag Association Management, 100 N. Fruitland St., Suite B, Kennewick, WA 99336.
Building a Sustainable Business curriculum was developed by the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and is supported by SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education). Business planning is a critical component to any operation and this six week course is focused on developing a business plan for farms and rural business. The course will focus is on the startup of new businesses/farms and expanding current small businesses’/farms operations and skills.
More information on this 6 week Building a Sustainable Business Course
Wilke Report Available
The WSU Wilke Research and Extension Farm Operation, Production, and Economic Performance for 2016 Report is now available for download.
Lind Field Day
If you missed the Lind Field Day on June 15, 2017, The 2017 Field Day Abstracts are available for download! To download, go to the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences page, under the Extension tab, and click the page Field Day Abstracts. There are Field Day Abstracts available from 2004-2017.
Residue Yield Calculator is Now Online
Crop residue is a valuable by-product in crop production. Leaving adequate amounts of residue on agriculture fields can effectively control soil erosion and improve soil health. Crop residue can also be used as a feedstock for biofuel, paper, or mushroom production and as feed and bedding for livestock.
Estimating how much crop residue your crop can produce is important for understanding how the residue can be used to add economic or ecological benefits to your farm’s operation. Unlike estimating grain yield, which is typically measured directly through yield monitoring, residue production is generally estimated indirectly based on grain yield.
Visit Smallgrains.wsu.edu for Residue Yield Calculator
Seeding Rate Converter is Online
Seeding rate is among the many factors that affect grain yield that can be controlled. The ability to control seeding rate allows farmers flexibility in their management practices. For example, when fall seeding is delayed the tillering period is shortened. To compensate for this reduction in fall tillers, farmers can increase seeding rates.
To some extent, wheat is inherently capable of compensating for factors that influence yield. However, optimum seeding rate are required to optimize the plant population, which in turn is important for maximizing grain yield and quality and controlling weeds.
Seeding rates are typically expressed as seeds per acre or pounds per acre. Determining seeding rates using pounds per acre is problematic because MORE on Smallgrains.wsu.edu
Wheat All About It! A Podcast
Ever wish there was a way to listen to a magazine in your truck, tractor, combine or maybe even your easy chair with your eyes closed? Then the Washington Grain Commission-sponsored podcast, Wheat All About It! is for you. About 20 minutes in length, the podcast can be downloaded to your smart phone or computer or streamed. Download times vary depending on speed of the connection. Coffee shops, parts shops and libraries often have fast Wi-Fi to download episodes quickly. Click here for more information: http://wagrains.org/cast/
2017 WSCIA Certified Seed Buying Guide
Spring Wheat, Legumes, Spring Barley, Winter Wheat
Weed Control Report
The 2016 WSU Weed Control Report is now available on the Wheat and Small Grains website. The annual report summarizes the results from field studies conducted by Ian Burke, Drew Lyon, and their staff. The research was conducted in winter wheat, spring wheat, chemical fallow, grasslands, alfalfa, chickpeas, and dry pea
No-till farming in the Pacific Northwest
WSU publication on “Falling Numbers.” Producers dealing with wheat quality issues should check it out on http://pubs.wpdev.cahnrs.wsu.edu/pubs/fs242e/
More information available on Falling Numbers or other current grain quality issues are on Wheat and Small Grains Grain Quality Resources Page.
Enterprise budget for intermediate & low rainfall regions
The Extension publication “Enterprise Budgets: Wheat & Canola Rotations in Eastern Washington Intermediate Rainfall (12-16″) Zone (Oilseed Series)” is now available. Click here for a pdf of the publication. The accompanying Excel spreadsheet workbook can be accessed here.
- A different kind of rust belt
- Stripe Rust: To Spray or Not to Spray?
- Updates to the Pacific Northwest Weed Handbook
- Wilke Farm Research Reports
- WSU Research Variety Data
Farm Bill Information
Decision Aids, Outreach & Education, and Farm Bill News is available on the WSU smallgrains website.
- Farm Bill Yield Calculator
- FSA Base Reallocation Calculator
- Video: Aaron Esser – Farm Bill Decision Aids
Video Presentation: Growth & Development in Wheat Crops
This presentation by Ron Rickman and Tami Johlke outlines how to determine normal growth and development in wheat crops and was part of the WSU Extension Wheat Academy.