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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…

U.S. Wheat Exports Continue to Support Domestic Prices as Global Pandemic Escalates

A couple of months ago I spoke at the Farm Forum in Spokane, and gave an outlook for U.S. agriculture. At that time China was…

Early Season Findings from the Plant Pest Diagnostic Clinic

Dryland cropping system samples have begun coming into the clinic. While the normal early season issues including Rhizoctonia Root Rot and abiotic leaf spots are…

WSU Variety Testing Program 2020 PNW Crop Tour Schedule

The 2020 crop tour season will soon be starting and provides opportunities to view field trials and interact with Washington State University personnel and others…
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