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.

Visit the WSU Small Grains Website for latest information from WSU.


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


Hand holding 2 clods of soilSoil Health Workshops in February

For the past 100+ years soil health has been declining across the Inland Northwest. This is not a problem just within the Inland Northwest but a global issue. Soil is the number one most important unit for sustaining agriculture production. A focus must be made to protect and enhance our productive soil for efficient and economically viable agriculture production for many generations to come.

On February 16 and 17th, soil health workshops will be held in Spokane and Walla Walla, Washington. More Information on Soil Health Workshops


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.
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2017 Winter Tour
NE Washington  Haygrowers’ Association

February 9, 2017
Lunch and tour at ProGene LLC in Othello, WA and tour of Lamb Weston Potato Facility in Warden.

Click HERE for Bus stops & schedule
or
Download NEWHGA Winter Tour Registration Flyer


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.

Trees in snow-covered crop field at sunset

Weather

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