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Oregon Society of Weed Science Annual Meeting

Oregon Weed Science Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1951 and dedicated to promoting weed science scholarship, education, and knowledge dissemination. Our primary goal…

Profitability Tool for Growers Considering Alternative Rotations in Dryland Systems

Growers who are considering alternatives to fallow, such as legumes or forage crops, can use a new profitability tool to understand the impact on their…

Fire Prevention and Safety Tips During Harvest

With harvest in full swing across much of eastern Washington, producers are hopeful for bountiful yields and a fair market price for their efforts. Unfortunately,…

Is That Wheat or a Field of Cheatgrass?

What happened? Wheat fields throughout Eastern Washington are full of downy brome (a.k.a cheatgrass). Many of those that aren’t, are full of Italian ryegrass. Why…

The Soil is Alive: Promoting Beneficial Soil Insects and Other Arthropods with Winter Peas

Farmers have been planting winter peas in the Inland Pacific Northwest since the 1930’s. While the practice may not be new to dryland farmers, our…

Wheat Harvest and Weeds

Wheat harvest is underway in Eastern Washington. With cool spring weather and ample spring rainfall, it looks like it will be a bountiful harvest. Understandably,…

Forage Cover Crops in Dryland Wheat Rotations: Impacts on Soil Water, Nitrogen and Yield

Summer fallow is a common strategy for producing winter wheat in the drier regions of the inland Pacific Northwest. Farmers have historically used summer fallow…

Latest Stripe Rust Updates

Dr. Xianming Chen (ARS Plant Pathologist) released an updated stripe rust forecast Thursday, June 2, 2022 focusing on Whitman County, WA and Latah County, ID.…

Insect Management Action Thresholds

The first and most important step in any pest management program is to make sure the pest in question has been correctly identified. Failing to…

Late Stripe Rust Continues

Dr. Xianming Chen (ARS Plant Pathologist) released an updated stripe rust forecast last Monday, April 18, 2022. Consistent with his last update from early March,…
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