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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…

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…

My Tilth Conference up close

Posted by Cody Holland | February 7, 2019
First, I would like to thank CSANR for generously funding my, and my classmates’, attendance at TILTH Conference 2018. Especially for undergraduates like myself, conferences…

A multifaceted approach to tilth and the environment

Posted by Matthew Tumlinson | February 4, 2019
My name is Matthew Tumlinson, and I’m a junior undergraduate transfer student in my first semester at WSU. I’m working on my B.S. in Field…

Tilth Alliance – Where do we go from here?

Posted by ames.fowler | January 28, 2019
Entering the Tilth Alliance conference, I was eager to put a finger on the pulse of sustainable agriculture in Washington State. I attended a wide…
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