Production Systems Publications
This publication is the third in a series on high residue farming (HRF), for farmers who are interested in HRF. It discusses residue management after harvest and explains how to plant crops into high residue conditions with a planter or drill. It also covers modifications for existing equipment such as planters and drills, and soil fertility adjustments that may be necessary. EM073E.
This publication is the second in a series on high residue farming (HRF), for farmers who are interested in HRF. It discusses how to choose a cropping sequence, choosing specific cover crops, and special crop considerations for irrigated cropping systems in the far western United States. It includes a very helpful table of crops that shows the relative difficulty of specific rotations. EM072E.
This publication is the first in a series on high residue farming (HRF), for farmers who are interested in HRF. It provides an overview of HRF, including the benefits and challenges. It also discusses some special considerations for HRF in the irrigated agriculture regions of the far western United States. EM071E.
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. Originally published Jan 2011; revised Sept 2014.
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.
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.
Life cycle assessment of the potential carbon credit from no- and reduced-tillage winter wheat-based cropping systems in Eastern Washington State
Zaher, U, C. Stockle, K. Painter, S. Higgins. Agricultural Systems. November 2013. Volume 122, pages 73-78.
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.
A new WSU Extension website for agricultural industry professionals is designed to provide users with a customizable source of timely information on all aspects of irrigated agriculture. The service is completely free and was developed by a team of WSU Extension irrigation and agronomy experts.
Kirby, E. & D. Granatstein. CSANR’s organic statistics webpages.
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.
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 .