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Methods for Practical Field Selection of Honey Bee Colonies, and the Rearing of Queens and Drones

There is increasing interest in honey bee stock improvement in response to the continuing high annual loss of colonies and the desire to minimize in-hive…

Capturing drought-avoidance genotypes using peroxisome proliferation readout

Drought significantly affects agriculture in the US and has resulted in $4 billion in losses in just 2014 alone. Optimization of water management together with…

Increasing legume nodulation for improved symbiotic nitrogen fixation

We have identified a gene from Sinorhizobium medicae that substantially increases nodulation of Sinorhizobium meliloti on barrel medic and Rhizobium leguminosarum on pea and increases…

From Ground to Glass: Evaluation of unique barley varieties for western Washington craft malting, brewing and distilling

This research project was initiated to provide regional agronomic and end-use data for specialty barley producers and end-users in western Washington, and to evaluate for…

Building soil quality, enhancing soil microbial function, and alleviating chlorosis in Concord grapes with inter-row cover crops

Leaf yellowing, or chlorosis, occurs on more than 50% of the Concord vineyards in central WA, resulting in significant reductions in vine size, uniformity, productivity,…

Strip tillage and cover cropping for enhanced water use efficiency in western Washington organic vegetable farms

Tillage is an important tool in organic systems for weed control, residue management, seedbed preparation, and regulation of spring soil temperature. As excessive tillage wastes…

Rapid Evaluation of Winter Wheat Residue Decomposition Potential

Managing crop residue is essential to conservation farming systems that enhance soil quality and reduce soil erosion.  Growers, and the seed dealers they work with,…

WSU Plasticulture website development

The term “plasticulture” refers to the use of plastic for the benefit of agricultural production. In practice, plasticulture may be used to describe agricultural systems…

Determining the Effect of Biodegradable and Living Mulches on Annual Weeds and and Growth of Newly-planted Blueberry

In a newly planted blueberry trial, ‘Draper’ plants were transplanted from 1-gal pots into the field in March 2015.  Greenhouse-grown living mulch plants, creeping buttercup…

Breeding colored wheat and barley for nutrition and novelty for low-input integrated farms

In western Washington growers utilize small grains as a rotational crop to break disease and pest cycles as well as resting the soil between more…
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