2007 Publications

Oregon Organic Statistics 2008

An overview of organic agriculture statistics for the state, including acres and farms, farmgate sales, crop breakdown, and livestock. A Powerpoint presentation in PDF format.

Organic agriculture statistics for Oregon, 2007 (Livestock).

The most recent data on livestock; include years 2005-2007 for comparison and tracking growth

2007 Oregon crop and livestock statistics (PowerPoint PDF)

Organic agriculture statistics for Oregon, 2007 (Crops).

The most recent data on crops; include years 2005-2007 for comparison and tracking growth.

Crop Residue Use: Evaluating Trade-offs

2007 Crops & Soils Field Day Proceedings.

Assessing the Economic Impact of Energy Price Increases on Washington Agriculture and the Washington Economy: A General Equilibrium Approach.

Working Paper 2007-14, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, 2007.

Soils and Soil Testing

Links for farmers and gardeners to resources on soil sampling, soil testing, and soil test interpretation.

Pastured Poultry

Raising pastured poultry is a simple way to integrate livestock into small farms. A summary of experiences at WSU Puyallup with small-scale pastured poultry production on organically certified land from 2005-2007 is presented. The goal was to integrate pastured broilers into a vegetable-pasture rotation in an organic farming systems experiment.

Implementing Noxious Weed Control through Multispecies Grazing

Don Nelson, WSU, led a 3-year SARE funded project looking at using sequences of different grazing animals to control noxious weeds, especially useful for non-cropland where other options are not feasible.

2006 Specialty Carrot Cultivar Evaluation – Othello, WA – April 2007

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter

Soil Quality

A series of measurements was begun in 2004 to assess selected soil physical and biological properties in a variety of cropping and management systems. Measurements include bulk density, soil compaction, soil organic matter, and aggregate stability. Biological measurements began in 2005.

Manure to Money: Advancements in Anaerobic Digestion

Feb 2007. Extension Engaged video broadcast. There are about 250,000 dairy cows in Washington State, and all of them poop. The methane they produce is a powerful greenhouse gas, but also can be captured through anaerobic digestion and used to generate electricity. Learn how WSU is leading the way to making digestion economically feasible by extracting other value-added products from the waste that can provide a financial return to farmers while improving the environment. We’ll look at the state’s only commercial digester in Whatcom County, and at new small digester technology being tested in Pullman. Video provided through RealPlayer; also available through Windows Media Player here.

25x’25 is the Path to a Secure and Clean Energy Future – Summer 2007

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter

High Tunnels: Improving Crop Quality, Extending the Season, and Increasing Farm Profitability – Summer 2007

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter

Nutritional Value of Winter and Spring Wheat: A Comparison of historic and Modern Varieties – Summer 2007

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter

Effect of Mustard Seed Meal on Early Weed Emergence in Peppermint and Potato – Summer 2007

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter

High Residue Farming Under Irrigation: Why Wait? – Summer 2007

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter. Summer 2007.

Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter – Summer 2007

Switchgrass Production in Washington: Biofuel Feedstocks in Washington Part II – April 2007

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter

An Organic Pesticide is Still a Pesticide – April 2007

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter

WSU Small Farms Program Sponsors Series of Tractor Repair Workshops – April 2007

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter

Research Brief: Market and Opportunities for Organic Feed Production in Eastern Washington – April 2007

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter

Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter – April 2007

Biomass Inventory Technology and Economics Assessment

Liao W., C. Frear and S. Chen, June 2007. This project compiled a literature search for biomass chemical characterization and conducted supplemental laboratory study of forty two feedstocks for 33 parameters such as dry matter, COD, carbohydrates, lipids, elemental and mineral matter, and standard properties such as protein, fiber, pH, etc. A follow-on report will group similar feedstocks, assess potential energy conversion technologies and conduct an economic analysis of feedstock collection and energy production.

Producing Energy and Fertilizer from Organic Municipal Solid Waste – Project Deliverable #1

Usama Zaher, Dae-Yeol Cheong, Binxin Wu, and Shulin Chen, June 2007. A literature review of current digester technologies formed the framework for designing a bench scale study of a high solids anaerobic digestion (HSAD) system. The study shows that significant improvements in methane production can be attained while decreasing capital costs for facilities. A new digester design is proposed that will optimize methane from organic food and green waste digestion, while recovering nutrients from the digestate.

2007 High Residue Farming under Irrigation Workshop

(high resolution for print)

  • Why Consider High Residue Farming in the Columbia Basin?, Andy McGuire, WSU Extension, Grant-Adams Area
  • Planters, Drills, and Attachments for High Residue Farming, Andy McGuire
  • What happens to the soil when you stop tilling it?, Hal Collins, USDA-ARS, Prosser and Patterson
  • Starter Fertilizer for High Residue Farming, Rich Koenig, WSU, Pullman
  • Strip-tillage for the Columbia Basin, Andy McGuire
  • Strip-tiller Discussion, Jame Freeman, Sam Krautscheid, Alan Williamson
  • High Residue Farming under irrigation in California, Tom Barcellos, Dairy Farmer, Tipton, California

Soil carbon pools and fluxes following land conversion in a semi-arid shrub-steppe ecosystem

Cochran, R.L., H.P. Collins, A.C. Kennedy, and D.F. Bezdicek. 2007. Biology and Fertility of Soils. 43:479-489.

The Effects of Reducing Tillage on Pest Management

Andy McGuire, WSU Extension. 2007. An increasing number of farmers in the Columbia Basin are adapting reduced tillage systems from other regions to our conditions and crops. This paper will examine the general effects of reducing tillage on the management of weeds, insects, and diseases. Because these systems have been developed mainly in the Midwest and Canada, much of the information presented here is for the conditions and crops (mainly corn and wheat) in those regions. Experience will show what holds true under our conditions.