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2019-2020 WSU Wheat & Barley Research Reports to the Washington Grain Commission Now Available

The Washington Grain Commission held its 2020 Wheat and Barley Research Review on February 18th and 19th in Pullman. This is an annual event that…

I Need to Spray for Insect Pests, But I Am Concerned About All the Bees

First and foremost, when it comes to protecting pollinators, one must read and follow all pesticide label instructions. Some products are highly toxic to bees…

Weeds: They Never Go Away and Greatly Influence Your Crop Yields

Two invasive grass weeds in wheat have been added to our common weeds list: rattail fescue & ventenata. Please visit the Weed Resources page for…

An Early Look at Winter Wheat Yields

An academic paper published by Bain and Fortenbery in 20161 showed that USDA’s weekly Crop Progress report for winter wheat is helpful in forecasting final…

Cabbage Seedpod Weevil Scouting in Canola

If you planted canola as part of your rotation, then you also may very well have Cabbage Seedpod Weevil, If you have not checked your…

Stripe Rust Update

Dr. Xianming Chen, ARS Plant Pathologist, released a brief stripe rust update on May 5, 2020 where he noted the first observation of stripe rust…

Cold Temperatures & The Growing Degree Day Calculator

The primary discussions I’ve had during the past couple of weeks are cold temperatures. Are we colder than average? Yes, the weather remains a large…

Crop Damage Due to Freeze or Frost

Over the past week, we have seen some pretty cold weather throughout many areas of eastern Washington. Temperatures in the teens and low 20s with…

Top Dress Micronutrients for Optimum Wheat Production

It is time to think about top dressing wheat, but not only with nitrogen. There are other nutrients, which can be very beneficial to crop…

Insect Pest and Damage Identification Quiz

The first and most critical step of any pest management program whether it is a weed, pathogen or insect that is causing problems is accurate…
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