Organic Agriculture Publications
A short summary of some key statistics about organic agriculture in the state, with data updated through 2013.
Kirby, E. and D. Granatstein. Current statistics on organic tree fruit acreage trends, varieties, shipments, prices, and exports. 2014. Powerpoint format.
Kirby, E., M. Brady, and D. Granatstein. WSU Extension Fact Sheet FS144E. 2014.
Productivity, economics, and fruit and soil quality of weed management systems in commercial organic orchards in Washington State, USA
Granatstein, D., P. Andrews, and A. Groff. May 2014. Organic Agriculture. DOI 10.1007/s13165-014-0068-0
Detailed tables showing specific crop acreages from 2006-2013, farm numbers and organic acres by county, and organic farm gate sales by county (through 2012).
A summary of the 2013 organic crop acres, livestock numbers and organic farm gate sales in the state. Includes multi-year graphs of selected crops. Powerpoint format.
Cogger, C., A. Fortuna, D. Collins. Feb 27, 2014. The second of a two-part webinar series on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Soil Quality in Long-term Integrated and Transitional Reduced Tillage Organic Systems.
This is the focus of our current research. How do different organic vegetable production systems affect N2O emissions, and how do other outcomes of those systems affect their potential for adoption?
- Systems include full tillage with high-carbon amendment (compost), full tillage with low carbon amendment (broiler litter), pasture-vegetable rotation, and reduced tillage cover crop mulch.
- Measurements include N2O and CO2 emissions, soil N, microbial ecology focused on denitrification organisms, crop yield, and soil quality. Measurements are focused on key times during the season, including amendment application and tillage, irrigation, and freeze-thaw.
Intended audience is other researchers, and interested extension faculty and farmers.
Cogger, C., A. Fortuna, D. Collins. Feb 25, 2014. The first of a two-part webinar series on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Soil Quality in Long-term Integrated and Transitional Reduced Tillage Organic Systems.
Topics for this webinar include:
- Source and properties of N2O as a greenhouse gas, its relative contribution to global
- warming, and the role of agriculture in N2O emissions
- Review of the nitrogen cycle and the production of N2O
- The relationship between organic practices and N2O production
- How we measure N2O emissions
Intended audience is extension faculty and farmers who want a big picture perspective on why we’re interested in nitrous oxide emissions.
Miles, Matt. Current situation as of Jan. 1, 2014 and comparison of trends for this year’s crop versus last year. Powerpoint format.
Granatstein, D. and E. Kirby. Current statistics on acreage trends, varieties, shipments, prices, and exports. Powerpoint format.
Carpenter-Boggs, L., Painter, K., and Wachter, J. Recorded webinar presentation delivered October 22, 2013. It covers a variety of reasons to integrate livestock into crop rotations, and summarizes past research on the topic. It is directed towards beginning growers interested in diversifying their income and crop rotations, towards educators and Extension workers, and towards a more general audience wanting to learn more about mixed crop-livestock systems.
Kirby, E. & D. Granatstein. CSANR’s organic statistics webpages.
Collins,D. C. Miles, C. Cogger, R. Koenig. 2013. Pacific Northwest Extension Publication PNW646.
The most current data on Washington State organic tree fruit acres, varieties, prices, and exports. Powerpoint format.
A summary of the 2012 organic crop acres, livestock numbers and organic farm gate sales in the state. Includes multi-year graphs of selected crops. Powerpoint format.
Detailed tables showing specific crop acreages from 2005-2012, farm numbers and organic acres by county, and organic farm gate sales by county (through 2011).
WSU webpage for the OFoot project, working to provide a scientifically sound yet simple estimation of the carbon and nitrogen sequestration and net greenhouse gas (GHG) balance likely in a given organic cropping system scenario.
Kirby, E. and D. Granatstein. 2012. WSU Extension FS082E. This is the second volume summarizing organic land and value in the state, containing data from 2004 to 2011.
Initial Reflections on the Annals of Internal Medicine Paper “Are Organic Foods Safer and Healthier than Conventional Alternatives? A Systematic Review”
Charles Benbrook; September 2012.
Kirby, E. and D. Granatstein. 2012. EM046E, Washington State University Extension.
Collins, D. 2012. Washington State University Extension. EM050E.
eOrganic conducted live broadcasts from the 2nd International Organic Fruit Research Symposium in Leavenworth, Washington on June 19 and 21, 2012. The recorded presentations from this symposium will be of interest to researchers, Extension professionals, growers, consultants, suppliers, and retailers who wish to learn the latest developments in the worldwide organic fruit supply chain.
D. Granatstein, P.K. Andrews, S.D. Bishop, W. Janisiewicz, editors. June 2012. Acta Horticulturae 1001. Article abstracts available online; full articles available for purchase or through subscribing libraries. Topical areas include organic fruit systems, insect biocontrol, horticulture, plant pathology, soil and crop nutrition, and economics. All the oral presentations from the symposium can be viewed free on eOrganic at http://www.extension.org/pages/64359/2nd-international-organic-fruit-research-symposium#.Uk3WTVMkRyQ .
At the Tilth Producers of Washington Conference in November 2011, WSU hosted a Dryland Organic Agriculture Symposium. The presentations and keynote from that symposium were recorded and are now available for online viewing. This special symposium addressed agronomic and economic issues specific to dryland organic production. Speakers and attendees came from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Also, please see link for a list of companies interested in buying organic crops produced in the PNW: Dryland Organic Agriculture in the PNW – grains sellers buyers
WSU researchers and extension educators are researching different methods for reducing tillage in organic vegetable production. This video demonstrates termination of barley and vetch cover crops with a roller/crimper and flail mower.