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.
2017 PNW Crop Tours
- PNW Crop Tour Schedule
- 2017 Variety Plot Location Maps
- Everything Soil – Soil Quality Workshop – WSU Wilke Research & Extension Farm – Davenport – June 28
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- Field Day: Management Stragegies for Lupine and Medusahead on Private Range Lands – Ritzville – June 28
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.
WSU Wilke Research and Extension Farm
June 28th A 9:30 AM
- Healthy soil characteristics (compaction, water infiltration, and soil organic matter)
- Nutrient application (soil ph and balanced soils for increased production)
- Managing soil variability (site specific nutrient application, and drone and aerial imagery technology)
Lunch provided by Hungry Hound BBQ
$20 Registration Fee to be paid @
Register by June 23rd to be entered for door prizes.
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
STRIPE RUST UPDATE
Dr. Xianming Chen, USDA-ARS, and Dr. Mike Flowers, Oregon State University Extension Cereal Specialist, recently released updates on the stripe rust situation in the Inland Pacific Northwest. This Timely Topic summarizes the current stripe rust situation with recommendations for monitoring and management going forward.
STRIPE RUST UPDATE
Visit the WSU Small Grains Website for latest information from WSU.
March 30, 2017 Update: Using six different models based on air temperature, Dr. Chen is predicting this year’s stripe rust epidemic will be more severe than his first prediction in January.
Complete March S.R. Update
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
FREE Grower Education Series Starting
Feb. 1 Feb. 22
PulsED is offering six (6) FREE live “webinar” event modules. PulsED is a partnership between the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council and the Spokane Regional Office of the USDA Risk Management Agency. PulsED provides grower education on the best practices to grow pulse crops in the Pacific Northwest in order to reduce risk.
These webinar sessions will be available for FREE participation at the Ritzville WSU Extension Office Conference Room, 205 W Main Ave., Ritzville, WA 99169. No pre-registration required.
OR, register for all 6 of these modules, the first of which will be 7:30 am on
February 1, 2017. (Rescheduled for March 1) You can join the webinars from your home computer or phone, or visit a site location such as the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council office or other download sites to interact with other growers who may have the same questions you do. By attending the event, you will have the chance to ask questions directly to the expert panels and make sure that you get answers to any issues you may face growing your next pulse crop.
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.