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

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

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

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?

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…

Variability and Scale: Considerations for Precision Agriculture

It is human nature to be entranced by the latest electronic gadget that promises to make our lives easier. Sometimes gadgets really do help us,…

Diversification where it isn’t easy: Beyond the grain-fallow rotation

Diversifying crop rotations is a key strategy used to break pest and disease cycles and improve yields. But in the driest areas of the Pacific…

Global agricultural regions to keep your eye on in the future

One challenge I struggle with when sharing research focused at global scales is how to tease out answers to questions that are meaningful in the…

Impacts and tools for dryland farmers adapting to climate change

As climate and agriculture researchers we’re constantly learning from farmers who we interact with. Our conversations with dryland wheat producers in the inland Pacific Northwest…

A role for agricultural landscapes in conserving wildlife – Part 2

Andrew Shirk, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington, co-authored this post with Sonia A. Hall, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University. Fields…

A role for agricultural landscapes in conserving wildlife – Part 1

Andrew Shirk, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington, co-authored this post with Sonia A. Hall, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University. Healthy…
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