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Flex Cropping – Storing More Carbon Under Challenging Environmental Conditions

Organic matter – the organic component of soil – is key to soil health. Organic matter serves as a reservoir of nutrients for crops, provides…

High Residue Farming Workshop for Irrigated Producers

WSU Extension is hosting an upcoming workshop on the basics of High Residue Farming on November 30, 2016, 9:30-3:30 in Moses Lake.  Details for those…

Biosolids – understanding benefits and risks

Biosolids?  Yes, that means sewage sludge.  Well, sort of.  But before you say YUCK and click off the page, let’s start with what they really…

Stripper headers – a new, cool tool for adapting to a changing climate (w/ video)

At this point, we have learned quite a bit about the likely implications of climate change for agriculture. A couple of good summaries of national…

Early preparation for water transfers could reduce drought impacts for agriculture and fish

As this hot, dry summer winds down across Washington State, many areas are continuing to struggle with the impacts of drought.  (Those who would like…

Welcome Rain

Those of us who have been watching the drought conditions in the Yakima Watershed of Eastern Washington got a welcome bit of news on Wednesday:…

Precision nitrogen can benefit both farmers and the climate

In a previous post, I explained that available evidence currently indicates nitrous oxide emissions may be fairly low in the inland Pacific Northwest, compared to…

Closing the Nutrient Loop

There are a number of sustainability issues getting a fair amount of attention these days: climate change, regional and local food systems, and soil health,…

Making Farming “Climate Friendly”: What is the impact of nitrous oxide in our region?

If you are interested in ensuring that farming is climate friendly you are likely to start thinking about nitrous oxide (N2O). Nitrous oxide is a…

Why Hasn’t Spring Gotten Warmer?

Agriculture is a seasonal endeavor.  And so the weather during each season can profoundly impact farmers and the crops they produce.  Now, researchers at University…
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