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Bi-Functional Crops: Fall-sown cool season grain legumes provide cover crop attributes

Cool season food legumes (CSFL) harvested as seed are important rotational crops in the Palouse region of WA and ID and western WA as they…

The Search for Acid-tolerant Rhizobia to Improve Pulse Production

Soil acidification is a growing challenge in Washington’s agricultural soils due to long term application of ammonia-based fertilizers. Acidic soil is detrimental to legume-rhizobia symbioses…

Garden-based STEM nutrition and biology K-12 curriculum to increase pulse consumption

Despite being rich in protein, fiber, and phytonutrients, pulse crops remain an underutilized food in typical American diets. To help promote pulse consumption, we developed…

Cascadia Grains Conference and Growing Grains Extension Publication

Small grains – wheat, barley, oats, and rye – have been in cultivation in Western Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia since the fur-trade era of…

Monitoring Uptake of Legume N by Apple Trees Using Nitrogen Isotope Discrimination

Intercropped legumes can supply nitrogen to fruit trees and reduce the need for purchased nitrogen fertilizer, potentially reducing costs and environmental footprint. The project evaluated…

Introducing Organic Quinoa Production Systems in the Palouse

The popularity of quinoa in the past decade has quadrupled prices at U.S. retail outlets. For all this demand, the vast majority of the quinoa…

Beyond beef and barley soup: Development of nutritionally dense, hulless food barley varieties for organic farmers

Barley has well-documented nutritional advantages over other small grains as a source of human food.  Researchers from WSU have been breeding and selecting hulless food…

International Quinoa Research Symposium

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is a nutritious and broadly adapted grain crop in high demand in the US. However, very little information is available to farmers…

Cascadia Grains Conference

The Cascadia Grains Conference brings together farmers, processors and end-users, as well as investors, brokers and local government officials to support rebuilding a grain economy…

Online Training Module for Grafting Vegetable Transplants

Grafting vegetable crops onto resistant rootstock is an effective organic and sustainable strategy to manage soil-borne diseases such as Verticillium wilt, which is a common…
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