Crops

Commercial agricultural producers can contact the WSU Thurston County Agriculture Extension Agent with any questions regarding plants, edible or ornamental, (360) 867-2161. Those who are not commercial producers may call the Master Gardener Clinic, (360) 867-2163, or to the Native Plant Salvage Project (360) 867-2164.

The WSU Small Farms Team maintains an extensive list of resources to assist crop producers in profitability, sustainable practices, and processing challenges, including on: Horticulture, Field Crops, Pastures and Forages, Agroforestry, and Irrigation. Also available are forest management  and grain production information and resources.  The WSU Integrated Pest Management webpage contains information on pest management. Click on the links for Hortsense and Pestsense.


Publications

Select WSU Extension publications are listed below. Additional information is available through State and Federal resources. Please see the Topics section to the right.

Soil Testing A Guide for Farms with Diverse Vegetable CropsSoil Testing: A Guide for Farms with Diverse Vegetable Crops
WSU Extension Manual EM050E

Soil analysis can guide farmers and gardeners in making soil amendment and soil management decisions. Making soil sampling an annual event will allow for tracking management practices and influencing future soil amendment decisions. This fact sheet presents a comprehensive, yet affordable, procedure for implementing an annual soil-testing program for farms with diverse vegetable crops. The reader will learn when to sample, where to sample, how to take a sample, and finally how to use sample results to improve farm management.

Hoophouse ConstructionPortable Field Hoophouse
WSU Extension Manual EM015

Offers photos and construction plans for a portable, protective 10-by-42-foot “house” of plastic that protects early garden plantings from the cold.

 

Ext-Drip-IrrigationMaintaining Drip Irrigation Systems
Vegetable & Small Fruit Gazette, Penn State University Extension

Drip irrigation systems are becoming more widely used for horti-cultural crop production, especially vegetable crops. The system must function efficiently during the entire growing season. Failure at a critical point in the crop production cycle can cause loss of the entire crop. System failures are often due to inadequate mainte-nance of the system especially if fertigation is being utilized to supply nutrients to the plant’s root zone. Maintenance of the drip irrigation system does take time and understanding; however, maintenance is critical for successful use of drip irrigation systems. This article should help one understand how to maintain drip irrigation systems.

ExtPub - Market Vegetable Gardens Planning for SuccessMarket Vegetable Gardens: Planning for Success
WSU Extension Manual EM032E

Market gardens are generally small plots of land (1/4 acre to 2 acres) that produce diverse vegetables, fruit, and/or flower crops to sell directly to consumers.  Sales can occur via community-supported agriculture shares, directly from the farm, at local farmers’ markers, and to local restaurants, stores and co-ops.  This publication presents guidelines for successful production and marketing of a market garden in Washington or Oregon west of the Cascades emphasizing annual vegetables.

Growing Wheat in Western WashingtonGrowing Wheat in Western Washington
WSU Extension Manual EM022E

Wheat has been grown in western Washington since settlement began in the mid 1800’s. This manual provides information on growing wheat in western Washington including background information and detailed instructions on wheat varieties, soil management, planting, harvesting, drying, storage, and pest management.

New Alternative Fruit Crops for Western WashingtonNew Alternative Fruit Crops for Western Washington
WSU Extension Manual EB2002

Many of the alternative fruit crops presented in this bulletin were initially tested for suitability to the home grower. There are several questions to be answered when looking for new crops that have the potential to be profitable; this bulletin will help answer some of those questions.