Production Systems Publications
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.
Kirby, E. and D. Granatstein. 2012. EM046E, Washington State University Extension.
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.
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.
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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.