College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Researcher finds way to fight cheatgrass, a western scourge

Invasive cheatgrass can be fought with soil bacteria, in methods being explored by Ann Kennedy, a USDA-ARS scientist at Washington State University.

After more than a half-century of largely failed efforts to thwart the Sherman’s march of cheatgrass, a researcher may have a powerful new weapon against it. Ann Kennedy, a soil scientist with the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, has discovered naturally occurring soil bacteria that inhibit the growth of the weed’s deep root system, its competitive advantage, even as those bacteria leave native plants untouched.

Read the New York Times story here.

Pulse Endowed Chair campaign puts industry in driver’s seat

WSU pulse breeding and research would benefit from a new national endowed chair for pulse crops, says Fred Muehlbauer, retired WSU USDA-ARS pulse breeder.
The long, dry summer of 2015 was hard on chickpeas. “Thank goodness we had a chickpea out there with a deep taproot,” said Phil Hinrichs. Hinrichs is one to know. Owner of Hinrichs Trading Company, a fifth-generation Palouse seed processor, he is wholly focused on the Pacific Northwest’s growing chickpea industry. When the 2015 drought hammered yields by up to 40 percent, Hinrichs took notice.» More ...

WSU’s Green Times – October 2015

Events Cultivating Success Fall Courses Agricultural Entrepreneurship

Jefferson and Clallam Counties: Chimacum, Oct – Dec.  Information.

Mason County: Shelton and web option, Oct 20 – Dec 8.  Register.

NEW! Advancing Your Farm Plan – Managing Risk

Snohomish and Spokane Counties: Oct 1 – Nov 19. Information.

2015 Tilth Producers Conference

Spokane Nov 13-15. Register.

WSU Fruit school on apple, pear horticulture

Wenatchee Nov 18-19. Register.

Cascadia Grains Conference

Save the date! January 9, 2016 Information.

Honey bee on borage flower. Photo by Sylvia Kantor/WSU. WSU faculty, students share expertise at organic farming … » More …

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