BIOAg Publications

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Mustard Types, Seed Sources & Acreage Estimates

Types of mustard for green manures, contacts for WA seed and estimates for mustard acreage by year.

Economic tradeoff between biochar and bio-oil production via pyrolysis

Yoder, J., S. Galinato, D. Granatstein and M. Garcia-Perez. 2011. Biomass and Bioenergy, 35(5):1851-1862.

High Residue Farming under Irrigation – Workshops

Digests and agendas from yearly WSU Extension High Residue Farming under Irrigation workshops in Moses Lake, Washington. 2004 to present.

High Residue Farming under Irrigation: Strip-till

Extension Bulletin EM036E. Strip-tillage is a low-impact cultivation technique suited to irrigated land with a lot of residue from a previous crop. A strip-till system creates both clean-till and high-residue conditions in the same field, taking advantage of both systems while minimizing drawbacks. This publication discusses the benefits of this system, as well as equipment needed, general management concerns, and how to get started. A budget is also included to help growers determine the relative net cost of implementing this system.

Closing the recycling loop through organic amendments in agriculture and gardens

Recorded webinar (online presentation) from Jan 2011 by Craig Cogger, Crop and Soils Scientist and Extension Educator. This seminar discusses research and guidelines on soil amendment choices based on use, nitrogen availability, carbon sequestration potential, handling nutrient imbalances in organic amendments, and an update on herbicide issues in some composts.

High Residue Farming under Irrigation

Andy McGuire, Agricultural Systems Educator WSU Extension. Program website.

Agriculture of the Middle external resource

This national initiative seeks to renew what is being called the “agriculture-of-the-middle.” This term refers to a disappearing sector of mid-scale farms/ranches and related agrifood enterprises that are unable to successfully market bulk commodities or sell food directly to consumers. Begun as a task force in 2003, the initiative is entering a development phase.

WA Biomass Inventory

Aging of amorphous raspberry powder: enthalpy relaxation and fragility

Syamaladevi, R. M., Sablani, S. S. and Swanson, B. G. 2010. Journal of Food Engineering 101: 32-40

Effect of thermal treatments on phytochemicals in conventionally and organically grown berries

Sablani, S. S., Andrews, P. K., Davies, N. M., Walters, T., Saez, H., Syamaladevi, R. M., and Mohekar, P. R. 2010. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 90: 769-778

Effects of air and freeze drying on phytochemical content of conventional and organic berries

Sablani, S. S., Andrews, P. K., Davies, N. M., Walters, T., Saez, H., Bastarrachea, L. 2011. Drying Technology 29: 205-216

Composting in Whatcom County

This WSU Whatcom County Extension website provides information on the Master Recycler/Composter volunteer program and links to compost publications and fact sheets, such as Compost Fundamentals, and Aminopyralid Residues in Compost and other Organic Amendments.

2010 High Residue Farming under Irrigation Workshop

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  • Top Ten Reasons Why to Consider High Residue Farming, Andy McGuire, WSU Extension
  • Residue Management at Harvest, Randal Taylor, Oklahoma State University
  • Weed Management Considerations in Reduced Tillage Systems, Andrew Kniss, University of Wyoming
  • High Residue Farming in the Treasure Valley – Lessons Learned, Steve Norberg, Oregon State University
  • No-till Drills and Planters, Randal Taylor, Oklahoma State University
  • Optimizing Weed Control in Roundup Ready Corn, Andrew Kniss, University of Wyoming

Influence of biodynamic preparations on compost development and resultant compost extracts on wheat seedling growth

Reeve, J.R., L. Carpenter-Boggs, J.P. Reganold, A.L. York, and W.F. Brinton. 2010. Bioresource Technology.

WSU Field Day and Organic Farm, Puyallup, On‐Farm Mock GAP Certification

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) handbook.

Mustard Varieties for Green Manuring

Choosing mustard varieties and on-farm research results on variety biomass measurements and glucosinolate concentrations and production.

Mustard Green Manures

On-farm research has been conducted since 1999 to determine the benefits of mustard green manures and to improve their effectiveness. They are being used in irrigated regions of Eastern Washington to improve soil quality, control wind erosion, and manage soilborne pests.

Beefing Up the Palouse

Since 1985 the U.S. government has implemented the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) which pays farmers NOT to grow crops on millions of acres of highly erodable land. In addition to being a controversial program, much of this land is now coming out of CRP which puts pressure on farmers to grow crops in these areas once again. In the Palouse in Washington State, local farmers and ranchers are looking at holistically grazing livestock as an economically and environmentally sustainable alternative to traditional wheat farming in these sensitive areas and to the CRP in general. Video presented by Managing Change Northwest.

Surprising New Uses for Former CRP Land

2010. By Kathy Barnard in Connections Magazine (CAHNRS and WSU Extension Alumni and Friends publication).

Potential for a Sugar Beet Ethanol Industry in Washington State

A Report to the Washington State Department of Agriculture. School of Economic Sciences. WSU. March 2009

Backyard Composting

Cogger, C. and D. Sullivan. WSU Extension Bulletin EB1784E. Rev. March, 2009. This updated bulletin provides a straight forward guide to making and using compost with an introductory section on the science of composting.

Washington State Compost Educator’s Guide

Wescott, H., A. Bary, C. Cogger, C. Sullivan. 2009. This guide provides science-based information on residential composting and vermicomposting for use in Washington and assists compost educators with training events and outreach. Project was supported by the Washington State Department of Ecology and US EPA-Region 10.

2009 High Residue Farming under Irrigation Workshop

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  • High Residue Farming Resources, Andy McGuire, WSU Extension
  • Soil Compaction and High Residue Farming, Randall Reeder, Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Soil-Air-Water-Residue Interactions in HRF Planting, Andy McGuire
  • Opportunities for Organic No-till Vegetables, Doug Collins, WSU Extension
  • Worst Case Scenario: Results of the HRF Demo Project, Andy McGuire
  • Getting Into Controlled Traffic, Randall Reeder
  • Grower Panel:
    • Dave Gossett – Observations from the HRF Demo Project
    • Lorin Grigg – Strip-tilled sweet corn and onions
    • Tom Gregg – Strip-tilled corn

Cover Crops Influence Meadow Vole Presence in Organic Orchards

M. R. Wiman, Kirby, E. M., Granatstein, D. M., Sullivan, T. P. HortTechnology July–September 2009 19(3).

2009 Field Trial Report

On-farm research report.

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