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Can fertilizer derived from dairy manure be used to produce raspberries with minimal food safety risk?

Posted by Karen Hills | November 14, 2019
Whatcom County is in the northwest corner of Washington State and has a rich history of agricultural production. This region is the top producer of…

Exploring the Frontier of Improved Soil Health in Potato Production in the Columbia Basin

Posted by Karen Hills | September 30, 2019
Guest Post By Athena Loos, Field Representative, McCain Foods – During the 3.5 years that I have worked with growers in my role as a…

Soil Health in Potato Production: Oxymoron or Opportunity?

Posted by Karen Hills | September 25, 2019
A frequently used—at least, by soil scientists—definition for soil health is “the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living system to sustain…

What You Need to Know About Fruit Acclimation to Heat Stress

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | August 27, 2019
Written by Antoinette Avorgbedor, Intern at Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center and the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources. Did…

How suitable is apple orchard netting as a sunburn control measure?

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | July 17, 2019
Written by Antoinette Avorgbedor, Intern at WSU’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center and CSANR. More likely than not, you have passed large apple orchards…

Soil (health) evaluation begins by asking “What’s the problem with my soil?”

Posted by Andrew McGuire | July 9, 2019
Soil health – the pursuit that launched a thousand soil tests. I have not actually counted them, but many people are working on many ways…

Soil biology and soil organic matter; What do recent discoveries mean for soil management?

Posted by Andrew McGuire | June 10, 2019
This Changes Everything. That is how everything is presented in today’s media. New cars, new policies, new science. An example of the latter are the…

Rapid Evaluation of Winter Wheat Residue Decomposition Potential

Posted by Georgine Yorgey | April 10, 2019
Managing crop residue is essential to reduced and no-till farming systems that enhance soil health and reduce soil erosion. And growers in different parts of…

Using Natural Defense Responses to Protect Against Pest Damage in Potatoes

Posted by Georgine Yorgey | April 3, 2019
Peptide elicitors are naturally occurring signaling compounds that act within plants to induce and amplify defense responses. If specific peptide elicitors could be identified and…

The Devil is in the Process: Co-composting Biochar Could Benefit Crop Growth and the Environment

Posted by Karen Hills | February 19, 2019
Biochar has the potential to sequester carbon and improve the properties of soils when used as an agricultural amendment. However, biochar will only be a…
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