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Cryptic Species, Agriculture, and Confirmation Bias

Imagine this. You are an avid fisherman in south-eastern Australia. You relish getting away to the many lakes in the nearby mountains. Each lake is…

Regenerative Agriculture: Solid Principles, Extraordinary Claims

What is regenerative agriculture? Why is it different from sustainable agriculture? And how do I reconcile what practitioners of this system are claiming with the…

New Ideas for Improving the Resilience of Semi-Arid Systems

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…

Green Manures, The Other GM crops

Green manures have a lot in common with the other kind of GM crops (GMOs), though there are also some differences. Both green manures and…

It is not just feeding our families

This year CSANR sponsored registration for several WSU students to attend the Tilth Conference.  We will post reflections written by the students over the next several weeks. Please…

It is a Lifestyle, not just a cultivation pattern

This year CSANR sponsored registration for several WSU students to attend the Tilth Conference.  We will post reflections written by the students over the next several weeks. Please…

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,…

Cover crop monocultures continue to best mixtures; 2017 Update

About a year ago I declared in a post, “Cover crop best bet is monoculture, not mix.” It stirred up quite a few comments and…

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…
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