Organic Agriculture Publications
website; WSU Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center.
The Plant Breeding program at NWREC concentrates on crops that fit into diverse annual and perennial rotations on small and mid-sized farms. Farmer participatory approaches and other innovative methods are utilized to improve crops such as small grains. Research is prioritized to favor producer groups and crops that are not being served by conventional research programs and approaches.
A list of resources targeted towards maritime production systems.
In 2003 an organic vegetable production systems experiment was established on organically certified research land at WSU Puyallup. The experiment compares 12 organic management systems, including three cover cropping systems, 2 tillage treatments, and 2 amendment types, arranged in a split-split plot design.
Trials examined weed control, soil quality, tree nutrition, and water use. Also monitored for voles, and testing potential for mulch to host nematodes for control of codling moth larvae. David Granatstein, WSU CSANR, Wenatchee.
Dr. Carol Miles, WSU Mt Vernon Research and Extension Center, and Dr. Pete Bristow, WSU Puyalllup, are investigating organic options to control root rot (Phytopthora fragriae var. rubi). This study is focused on organic root rot control, however all raspberry growers will benefit from new disease management options.
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
Sablani, S. S., Andrews, P. K., Davies, N. M., Walters, T., Saez, H., Bastarrachea, L. 2011. Drying Technology 29: 205-216
February 2009. A comprehensive report (PDF) on organic crop production in the state, including acreage totals by crop and county, farmgate sales by county, and results from the 2007 Census of Agriculture.
July 2008. A report on a 2007 statewide survery of organic producers done by Dr. Jessica Goldberger, WSU Community and Rural Sociology. CRS Information Series No. 1-08, Pullman, WA.
Distribution of organic farms and acreage, by county.
by crop and livestock, for both 2004 and 2005. Data from some certifiers is missing for both years.
Agriculture can be both a source and a sink for greenhouse gases. In this webinar, the presenters discuss these roles of agriculture, how management affects them, and ways in which organic farming systems in particular may influence greenhouse gases.
Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter
Organic farms and acreage, handlers, processors, farmgate sales.
Apples, pears, soft fruit. Variety detail. Average prices. Multi-year trends.
(a PDF document)
January 2008. A summary of organic tree fruit focusing on apple, pear, and cherry. Covers Washington State, some national trends, and international data from various countries.
June 2008. A comprehensive report (PDF) on organic crop production in the state, including acreage totals by crop and county, and farmgate sales by county.
An overview of organic agriculture statistics for the state, including acres and farms by county, farmgate sales by county, crop breakdown, livestock and organic tree fruit trends. A Powerpoint presentation in PDF format.
December 2008. A report on organic tree fruit area, prices, and trends for 2008, with data from previous years.
February 2007. A powerpoint presentation (as PDF) on the most recent trends in organic tree fruit acreage and prices, with an emphasis on Washington State.
A Powerpoint presentation summarizing the most recent data on organic tree fruit in the state, showing a 60% increase in certified organic apple acres.
March 2007. A comprehensive report (PDF) on acreage trends and prices for Washington organic apples, pears, and cherries, as well as some national and global data.
June 2009. Graphical presentation of 2008 data for the organic sector in the state. Powerpoint presentation.