Production Systems Publications
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.
Powerpoint presentation on certified crop, livestock, and farmgate sales trends.
Vegetable crop production and alternative crop development such as edamame, wasabi, bamboo, and organic seed production. Work is targeted for both small-scale and large commercial growers, with emphasis on organic production. Links include new fact sheets and information on grafted vegetables http://vegetables.wsu.edu/graftingVegetables.html .
The Northwest Biocarbon Initiative aims to galvanize farmers, foresters, community leaders, and thinkers to demonstrate the essential role that natural systems can play in ensuring long-term climate stability. The Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources is part of this collaboration with several of the Northwest’s leading conservation organizations who see this effort as a logical extension of our region’s rich natural resource heritage and our history of groundbreaking innovation and stewardship.
Goldberger, J. 2011. Journal of Rural Studies 27(3):288-296.
July, 2011. Tables of organic cropland acres and county distribution for 2005-2010. Livestock numbers and farmgate sales are not included.
Mullinix, K. and Granatstein, D. 2011. Intl. J. Fruit Sci. 11:74-87.
WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center webpage. Contains links to additional resources and presentations.
PowerPoint presentation on certified crop and livestock trends.
(Revised Feb. 7, 2012)
Digests and agendas from yearly WSU Extension High Residue Farming under Irrigation workshops in Moses Lake, Washington. 2004 to present.
Andy McGuire, Agricultural Systems Educator WSU Extension. Program website.
Distribution of organic farms and acreage, by county.
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.
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.
by crop and livestock, for both 2004 and 2005. Data from some certifiers is missing for both years.
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.
A Powerpoint presentation summarizing the most recent data on organic tree fruit in the state, showing a 60% increase in certified organic apple acres.
Apples, pears, soft fruit. Variety detail. Multi-year trends.
March 2007. A powerpoint presentation ((PDF) from recent workshops on the shortage of organic feed in the state and region.
December 2008. A report on organic tree fruit area, prices, and trends for 2008, with data from previous years.
June 2009. Graphical presentation of 2008 data for the organic sector in the state. Powerpoint presentation.