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Author: Blythe Howell

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Standing Crop Residue Can Reduce Snow Drifting and Increase Soil Moisture

Soil water recharge and storage is important in the inland Pacific Northwest because approximately 70% of the region’s precipitation occurs between October and March. Of…

Metalaxyl-resistant Pythium

Metalaxyl is the active ingredient in fungicides such as Ridomil, Apron, Subdue, and others used to prevent root rots and seedling diseases caused by the…

Variable Rate Nitrogen Application – A Grower’s Perspective

The unique, hilly topography of the inland Pacific Northwest causes great within-field variability in soil and water conditions. As a result, crop yield potential and…

Concern Over Snow Mold of Wheat in Eastern Washington

The winter of 2016-17 has been unusually long compared to the past few years, and the prolonged snow cover has raised concerns over potential for…

A Win-Win: Building Soil Health While Gaining Yield & Profit

Soil health and soil quality are two synonymous terms that are defined interchangeably by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as follows: “Soil health, also…

The 2016 WSU Weed Control Report Has Arrived!

The 2016 WSU Weed Control Report is now available on the Wheat and Small Grains website. The annual report summarizes the results from field studies…

Adjusting Wheat-Based Management Strategies for Oilseed Production

Oilseeds, such as canola, are recognized as rotational crops that can benefit the agro-ecological and social-ecological systems within the traditional wheat-based cropping region of the…

First Stripe Rust Update of the 2017 Season – January 2017

As many of you know, the 2016 crop season was very favorable for stripe rust due to the mild winter and early spring with temperature…

Dark Northern Spring

‘DNS’ is a common term when referring to the production of hard red spring wheat. Around the coffee shop you may hear your neighbor say,…

Jointed Goatgrass Biotype Resistant to Beyond Discovered in Eastern Washington

The first case of jointed goatgrass resistant to imazamox, the active ingredient in Beyond herbicide, has been confirmed in Eastern Washington. A team of Washington…
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