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What have we learned about dryland cropping systems in the last 15 years?

Dryland crops are a common sight east of the Cascades, and cover a LOT of acreage in the Pacific Northwest – more than 5.8 million…

Drought and small revenues – do they always go hand in hand?

The conditions the Northwest experienced in 2015 have received a lot of attention, because we saw drought even though precipitation was close to normal. So…

Farmer-to-Farmer Case Studies

Successful farmers are skilled at coping with risk, from weather to markets, and a variety of other factors. So to answer the question, “what practices…

Using the BioEarth Modeling Framework to Understand the Sources, Transport and Fate of Atmospheric Nitrogen in the Pacific Northwest

Researchers: Serena Chung, John Harrison, Brian Lamb, and Tsengel Nergui Widespread use of synthetic nitrogen fertilizers and fossil fuel combustion have led to significant increases…

Exploring Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Agriculture in the Northwest

One of the best things about my work is that it connects me with researchers from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds who are committed…

Let the worms do the work – Critters help dairies manage manure

Managing manure is a big part of what goes on at the “back end” of a dairy. Doing it well is important to avoid impacts…

Parched and drenched – we can expect both in the Northwest

The snow-covered landscape, the Columbia River, and the pine forests covered with signs of the recent ice storm provided the backdrop for the Climate Impacts…

Under what climatic conditions will it make economic sense to switch to a new irrigation system?

Investing in efficient irrigation systems usually requires significant capital. As with other capital-intensive investments, doing it would only make economic sense if the benefits exceed…

Summarizing Scientific Knowledge about Agriculture and Climate Change in the Northwest U.S. and Plotting a Roadmap for the Future

Back in March of 2016, a group of agriculture sector stakeholders– including researchers, policy makers and producers– met in Tri-Cities, Washington, for the Agriculture in…

Hot, hotter, hottest (so far) – Should I care?

I must confess that sometimes I like geeking out on data—raw climate data, for example. But most of the time I don’t have enough background…
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