Agriculture

 

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

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Lind Field Day

People listening to presentation in a crop field tour

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.

http://css.wsu.edu/extension/field-day-abstracts/


“Everything Soil”

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)

Photo of Door Prizes - Soil probes, Soil testing kits, Soil Sample bucket collection kitLunch provided by Hungry Hound BBQ

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED!
$20 Registration Fee to be paid @
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2989010

Register by June 23rd to be entered for door prizes.

AGENDA and map to Wilke Research and Extension Farm available here


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 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.
http://smallgrains.wsu.edu/stripe-rust-update-april-2017/


 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 - 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: http://wagrains.org/cast/

or here: http://smallgrains.wsu.edu/wheat-all-about-it-podcasts/


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.
MORE DETAILS


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 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.

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

 
Research

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.


Weather

Click HERE for upcoming events