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A New Method for Measuring Plant Available Water Capacity Helps Document Benefits of Biochar-Soil Mixtures

Posted by Karen Hills | May 18, 2020
This is part of a series highlighting work by Washington State University (WSU) researchers through the Waste to Fuels Technology Partnership between the Department of…

No-Regrets Strategies that Benefit Ranching Operations and Provide Climate Resilience

Posted by Georgine Yorgey | January 21, 2020
Ranchers already manage multiple risks—including those related to economics, production, the environment, and weather. Climate change represents an added risk, but one that is challenging…

How Rangeland Resilience Can Help Ranchers Facing Climate Change Impacts

Posted by Georgine Yorgey | November 27, 2019
Natural climate variability, including variability driven by El Niño (ENSO) and Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) cycles, dominates the Pacific Northwest’s climate and will remain very…

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…

Could Wood Plastic Composites Motivate More Investments in Climate-Friendly Anaerobic Digestion?

Posted by Karen Hills | February 13, 2019
Picture this future scenario: it’s a hot summer day and you are sitting with some friends on their deck enjoying a cold beverage. You notice…

Shared Data is a Key Part of Integrated Floodplain Management in the Puyallup Watershed

Posted by Jordan Jobe | January 2, 2019
In the Puget Sound Region, it’s clear that climate change impacts will involve changes in precipitation that will impact agriculture, especially agriculture in floodplain areas…

Northwest Rangelands – Where Do our Climate Vulnerabilities Lie?

Posted by Georgine Yorgey | November 8, 2018
What will climate change look like on Pacific Northwest rangelands, which cover a huge area of our region? It will undoubtedly have complex impacts on…

Learning from some of the first adopters of high residue farming in the Columbia Basin

Posted by Georgine Yorgey | October 29, 2018
Topsoil has often been referred to as the “thin skin” of our planet, essential for producing the food that feeds us. Because it’s not easy…
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