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Wheat & Small Grains Timely Topics – Soil Management

The WSU Wheat Beat Podcast

Introducing the WSU Wheat Beat podcast, a new podcast brought to you by the WSU Extension Dryland Cropping Systems Team. Each week your host, Drew Lyon, will sit down with a WSU or USDA-ARS researcher to discuss the latest research related to small grains production systems in eastern Washington. Episode 1 will feature a discussion… » More ...

Evaluate Soil Test Results for Applications of Nutrients

The application of some micronutrients has been shown to increase winter and spring wheat production yields. A full analysis of soil samples will provide information as to which essential nutrients are deficient and providing limited availability to the young plants as they develop. Recent research results have shown the potential to increase winter wheat yields… » More ...

National Survey Shows Cover Crops Improve Wheat Yields

A 2017 USDA SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) national survey of farmers showed that cover crops boosted subsequent wheat yields by 1.9 bushels/acre (2.8%). Farmers also reported using cover crops to aid in weed management, especially where herbicide resistance was a problem. While cover cropping has been a trendy discussion topic in agriculture in… » More ...

WSU Offers First Two-Day Workshop on “Unmanned Aerial Systems in Agriculture”

Drone in flight via two men with remote control.
In the past few years, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones have fascinated growers, crop service providers, and researchers alike with versatile imaging and non-imaging application capabilities. The Agribusiness industry is trying to keep up with rapid developments in this sector. As stakeholders are exploring the suitability of the drones in agricultural production management, the… » More ...

A New Publication: Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest

A rainy sunset over the Palouse.
The newly published book, Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest, compiles advanced knowledge of dryland farming gained during the six-year Regional Approaches to Climate Change (REACCH) project. This book is an excellent guide to sustainable agriculture practices. The aim of this book is to support farmers during their decision-making process and to enhance… » More ...
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