Research tackles decay issue

A new project will focus on controlling decay and finding pollinizers that are not disease hosts.

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SWD research continues

  • February 25th, 2015

Great progress has been made in the last five years in learning about spotted wing drosophila, but much more is needed, says a Washington State University entomologist.

Dr. Betsy Beers of WSU checked off a list of things that have been accomplished in the last five years of living with [...]

Fire blight can spread quickly

  • February 17th, 2015

Scientists know quite a lot about fire blight. Its basic source is in cankers from previous infections.

The bacteria overwinter there. As the canker begins to ooze in spring, bees and other insects are attracted and physically move the bacteria to blossoms. Wind and rain add to the movement.

Fire blight [...]

Small farms conference to be held in February

  • January 15th, 2015

U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse will headline a single-day conference focusing on small farm and ranch issues in Yakima, Washington, on February 6, 2015, at the Yakima Convention Center.

The event, hosted by the Center for Latino Farmers, will have sessions highlighting recent changes in agriculture grants and programs that are [...]

  • Use winter weeds to improve soil

Use winter weeds to improve soil

  • December 16th, 2014

Winter weeds are a cheap way of improving and adding organic matter to soil. It is costly and difficult to sow a cover crop on the tree row, so let winter weeds do the job for you.

Most weeds support beneficial arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi, as do most other flowering [...]

Full meal deal

  • December 9th, 2014
Seed meal may be more expensive than fumigation, but it has additional benefits.