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Wheat and Small Grains

Meet the Small Grains Team

Rachel Bomberger, Plant Diagnostician and Diagnostics Coordinator

I run the WSU Plant Pest Diagnostic Clinic based in Pullman. My work at the clinic is centered on the timely identification of plant pests, pathogens, and disorders using visual and microscopic examinations, pathogen culturing, virus identification via ELISA, molecular diagnosis, and utilizing WSU subject experts. I can assist you with identifying the cause of plant diseases and disorders that are affecting your small grains, oilseeds, and other crops, and provide you with relevant management options. You can contact me at rachel.bomberger@wsu.edu or (509)335-3292/(509)-335-0619.


Paul Carter, Regional Extension Agronomist – Agriculture and Precision FarmingCarter, Paul

My extension program focuses on soil quality, grain production and precision methods for dryland small grain production systems in eastern Washington. I can assist you with your soil quality and nutrient questions, including questions on soil sampling methods, crop rotations, tillage systems, or other cultural practices that may be used in small grain production systems. You can contact me at cart@wsu.edu or 509-382-4741 or cell 509-520-2719.

 


Crowder, DaveDave Crowder, Entomologist

My research program focuses on integrated insect pest management in wheat and legume production systems in Washington. I can assist you with your insect control questions, including cultural and biological controls for insect pests in small grain production systems in eastern Washington. You can contact me at dcrowder@wsu.edu or 509-335-7965.

 


Aaron Esser, Regional Extension Agronomist, Lincoln-Adams ExtensionAaron Esser cropped

My program focuses on helping growers adopt minimum tillage and no-till systems, and more intensive crop rotations that improves soil quality, productivity and overall profitability. Since 2008, my program has specialized in the management of wireworms in cereal grain production. I grew up on a farm near Genesee, Idaho, and received my Bachelor’s Degree in agricultural economics and Masters Degree in plant science at the University of Idaho. I can answer questions related to wheat and barley in low to intermediate rain fall zones. You can contact me at aarons@wsu.edu or 509-659-3210.


Randy Fortenbery, Professor and Small Grains Endowed Chair

My research program currently focuses on agricultural price performance in local and national markets. It looks at impacts of new information on relative prices, as well as overall price levels. I also am engaged in studying the impact of futures price action on the stability of cash prices. You can contact me at r.fortenbery@wsu.edu or 509-335-7637.

 


Ryan Higginbotham, Regional Extension Specialist – Cereal Variety TestingHigginbotham-Ryan-(2)

My extension program includes the WSU Cereal Variety Testing Program, which evaluates winter wheat, spring wheat, and spring barley varieties across the different production zones of eastern Washington. The Cereal Variety Testing Program aims to provide growers and industry stakeholders with information on the agronomic performance of currently available small grain varieties to aid in variety selection. I can assist you with your variety performance questions. You can contact me at rhigginbotham@wsu.edu or 509-335-1205.


Blythe CroppedBlythe Howell, Communications Coordinator

I manage the small grains website, Facebook, and Twitter as well as coordinate events, such as the Wheat Academy. I can assist you by directing your questions to the appropriate person, answer questions about upcoming events, and provide materials if a resource is malfunctioning. You can contact me at blythe.howell@wsu.edu or 509-335-1719.


Lyon, Drew

Drew Lyon, Endowed Chair in Small Grains Extension and Research, Weed Science

My extension and research program focuses on integrated weed management in dryland small grain production systems in eastern Washington. I can assist you with your weed control questions, including questions on herbicide use, crop rotation, tillage, or other cultural practices that may be used in small grain production systems in eastern Washington. You can contact me at drew.lyon@wsu.edu or 509-335-2961.

 


Murray, TimTim Murray, Plant Pathologist  

My research and extension program focuses on integrated control of wheat diseases, especially eyespot, Cephalosporium stripe, speckled snow mold, soilborne wheat mosaic, and wheat streak mosaic. I can assist you with questions regarding disease identification and control, including cultural practices, variety selection, and fungicide use. You can contact me at tim.murray@wsu.edu or 509-335-7515.


Roberts,-DianaDiana Roberts, Extension Specialist – Agronomy 

I have applied research and extension programs on cover/companion cropping, organic grain production, the orange wheat blossom midge, plus the stem rust and common barberry interaction. I can also answer questions on the cereal leaf beetle and direct seeding/no-till. You may reach me at robertsd@wsu.edu or 509-477-2167.

 


Karen Sowers, Extension and Outreach Specialist

My extension and outreach focus is on delivering research findings from the Washington State Oilseeds Cropping Systems Project to growers, industry, and others involved in oilseed production and industry. I can assist you with developing and organizing large or small scale on-farm tours, field days, oilseed workshops, and individual farm visits. My primary goal, along with the Washington Oilseeds Cropping Systems team, is to answer your questions about oilseed production and processing, including how to successfully integrate an oilseed crop into dryland or irrigated cereal rotations. Visit our website to learn more about our project. Feel free to reach me at ksowers@wsu.edu or 509-396-5936.


Haiying Tao, Soil Fertility and Residue ManagementHaiying Tao

My research and extension program focuses on soil fertility and best nutrient management practices for optimum crop yield and economic returns while aware of environmental concerns. I can assist you with questions related to soil nutrient management, fertilizer recommendations and applications, interpretation of soil and tissue testing, and residue management. I can be reached at haiying.tao@wsu.edu or 509-335-4389.


Steve Van Vleet, Regional Extension Specialist – Agriculture and Natural ResourcesVan Vleet, Steve

My extension program focuses on invasive weed management in dryland crop production systems in eastern Washington and coordinating the annual Crop Diagnostic Clinic. I can assist you with your questions on weed control management and conservation agriculture in eastern Washington. You can contact me at svanvleet@wsu.edu or 509-397-6290.

 


Whaley, DaleDale Whaley, Regional Extension Specialist – Integrated Weed Management and Agriculture 

My extension program focuses on biological weed control for noxious weeds, insect pest management and alternative cropping systems in the low-to-intermediate rainfall zones of eastern Washington. I can assist you with your questions about noxious weed identification,  integrated weed management, insect identification and management options and production of winter canola. You can contact me at dwhaley@wsu.edu or 509-745-8531.

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