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Can lignin degrading organisms reduce Verticillium wilt in pumpkin cropping systems?

Raised beds in pumpkin cropping systems are mulched with polyethylene (PE), but result in waste. PE mulch can remain in the soil and is costly…

WSU Plasticulture website development

The term “plasticulture” refers to the use of plastic for the benefit of agricultural production. In practice, plasticulture may be used to describe agricultural systems…

Bi-Functional Crops: Fall-sown cool season grain legumes provide cover crop attributes

Cool season food legumes (CSFL) harvested as seed are important rotational crops in the Palouse region of WA and ID and western WA as they…

Garden-based STEM nutrition and biology K-12 curriculum to increase pulse consumption

Despite being rich in protein, fiber, and phytonutrients, pulse crops remain an underutilized food in typical American diets. To help promote pulse consumption, we developed…

Online Training Module for Grafting Vegetable Transplants

Grafting vegetable crops onto resistant rootstock is an effective organic and sustainable strategy to manage soil-borne diseases such as Verticillium wilt, which is a common…

Production Cost Estimation of Establishing a Cider Apple Orchard in Washington State

This project addresses the BIOAg priority of economic analysis by investigating the cost and returns for establishing a cider apple orchard in Washington. The enterprise…

Planning for a Phase II SCRI grant proposal on ‘Utilization and Versatility of Biodegradable Agricultural Materials in Specialty Crop Production’

The Phase II SCRI project would address important questions raised by the first project, including: opportunities for new feedstocks and formulations for mulches; biodegradability of…

Increasing local dry bean production and markets through on-farm variety trials and nutrition education

The goal of the full research project is to conduct dry bean variety trials, market surveys, and human nutrition education in Northwest Washington to increase…

Workshops: Tomato Grafting Techniques for Soil-Borne Disease Resistance

Tomato and watermelon can be significantly impacted by Verticillium wilt, a soil-borne disease common throughout Washington. Symptoms impact plants later in development after most production…

Evaluating Apple Varieties for Hard Cider Production

This project addresses the BIOAg priority of innovation and diversification by supporting the formation of a hard cider industry in the Pacific Northwest. The project…
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