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.

Winter Canola Tours – in May

Mark your calendars – for 3 winter canola tours planned Tuesday, May 23rd, and Wednesday, May 24th, with lots of information presented at each site. All three tours will feature our large-scale winter canola variety trials (funding provided by Viterra); the Odessa site will also include the UI winter canola variety trials so this is a great opportunity to see variety performance in different environments. The afternoon tours will be followed by a bbq (rsvp requested).

May 23, 4:00 p.m. – Odessa – Irrigated Winter Canola Tour (this is a multi-stop tour)

May 24, 10:00 a.m. – St. John

May 24, 4:00 p.m. – Ralston

Complete information can be found on the WOCS website:







Stripe rust on wheat leafSTRIPE 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.

Spring Field Day 2017,
Northeast Washington Haygrowers’ Association

Northeast Washington Haygrowers’ Association announces its spring field day on May 13th at Loren Lentz – Lazy “L” Farm Service and Supply in Clayton, WA.

Paul Kuber, WSU North East Regional Livestock Extension Specialist, invites farmers throughout the region to attend.

This year’s topics include Poisonous Plants and Pesticides Problematic for Livestock Found in Hay, Using Annual Forage Crop Rotations to Manage Weeds, and Crop Protection Product (CPP) Tool Box – for Hay Growers.

Registration for the field day on May 13th begins at 8:30 a.m.  Coffee and pastries will be available.    The program begins at 9:00 a.m. and adjourns after lunch about 1:30 p.m. Per person registration fee is $10 for NEWHGA members and $15 for non-members, payable at the door.  Registration fee includes morning refreshments, lunch, and two pesticide applicator re-certification credits. Agenda and Directions Available HERE

The public is welcome.  WSU Extension programs are offered without discrimination.  For accommodation of special need contact WSU Extension at 509-725-4171 by April 28, 2017.


April 27
Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick, WA.

Program perks:

  • The program is open to all who are interested with no charge
  • Lunch is included
  • Pesticide credits will be offered
  • The first 100 to register receive a FREE 2.5 gallon container of RoundUp
  • Various other giveaways including Yeti coolers, specialty crop products and more. Thank you to our sponsors!

Register by April 12 by calling 509-659-0610 or email

The featured speaker is Greg Kruger with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and their Pesticide Application Technology Lab. Kruger’s research efforts are focused on limited rainfall production ag, herbicide-resistance weeds and pesticide application technology. Don’t miss this interactive program!

Additional topics covered, in coordination with WSU Extension, include:

  • Applying herbicides with drift in mind
  • Variety selection and disease control strategies
  • Herbicide trends in the Pacific Northwest
  • Worker Protection Standards
  • Ending Columbia-Snake River System litigation

Location Information included here

More information:


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 - Podcast - Listen to Your Wheat - where to go to download -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:

or here:

Washington State Crop Improvement Association, Inc.
 A non-profit organization working with Washington State University, Oregon State University, along with other Public and Private breeding programs, as well as with Washington State Department of Agriculture and Washington seed growers and conditioners to develop, produce and distribute certified seed in order to improve crop quality and yields in Washington.

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

Titles of the 6 PulsEd ModulesPulsED 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


Falling Numbers

WSU publication on “Falling Numbers.” Producers dealing with wheat quality issues should check it out on

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.

This budget and the low rainfall version with its workbook (available hereare powerful tools to calculate and compare the short and long-term economics of including canola in a cereal rotation.

Stripe rust on wheat leafBe on the lookout for Rust & other disease issues!

Click here to find updates


Small Grains Website - graphic of Farm Bill decision aids

Farm Bill Information

Decision Aids, Outreach & Education, and Farm Bill News is available on the WSU smallgrains website.

Other Resources

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.


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