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How Will Climate Change Affect the Use of Fallow in Cropping Systems in Our Region?

Posted by Karen Hills | June 21, 2018
In non-irrigated areas that are too dry to support annual cropping, fallow (the practice of leaving land unplanted) preserves soil moisture for future crops. However,…

Calculating Climate Benefits for Climate Smart Farms

Posted by Georgine Yorgey | June 14, 2018
What are the climate impacts of a given farm practice?  While we know lots of strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions on farms, quantifying that…

Turning Urban Wood Waste into Biochar

Posted by Karen Hills | June 11, 2018
Biochar as a soil amendment has been the subject of much attention in recent years because of its ability to sequester carbon and to improve…

New publication tackles approaches to nutrient recovery from dairy manure

Posted by Georgine Yorgey | June 7, 2018
Building on our long-term efforts relating to dairy nutrient management, we now have a new publication that summarizes the various approaches being explored for nutrient…

New Ideas for Improving the Resilience of Semi-Arid Systems

Posted by Karen Hills | March 15, 2018
Karen Hills and CSANR Associate Director, Georgine Yorgey co-wrote this post. Across the dryland areas of the inland Pacific Northwest, soil erosion and the use…

Crop residue–Help or hindrance?

Posted by Karen Hills | January 25, 2018
The production of crop residue varies dramatically across the Inland Pacific Northwest, with estimated residue production for winter wheat ranging from roughly 0.9 ton/acre in…

How will climate change affect pests of inland Pacific Northwest cereal systems?

Posted by Karen Hills | December 13, 2017
Models suggest that climate change in our region will involve an annual temperature increase of 3-4°F by the 2050’s, accompanied by changes in precipitation patterns,…

Tillage: When Less Is More

Posted by Karen Hills | December 5, 2017
Though severe erosion can quickly deplete topsoil, rebuilding topsoil is an extremely difficult and slow process, so conserving this resource is imperative. Soil erosion is…

Real-life agricultural innovation: implications for future preparedness

Posted by Sonia A. Hall | December 4, 2017
Extension has traditionally involved getting results from researchers to decision-makers in agriculture. Partly because I work on climate change and agriculture, and partly because of…

Stepping back: What have we learned about agriculture and climate change, and where do we go from here?

Posted by Georgine Yorgey | November 29, 2017
As a number of large climate-and-agriculture projects at our Pacific Northwest universities have come to an end over the last year, we felt it was…
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