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A team of Washington State University scientists discovered how a little-understood plant protein guides development of tiny cellular structures that regulate the flow of sap from roots to shoots, revealing a potential way to help crops survive in a changing climate.
Growing up in China’s Henan province, Qiuping (Ellen) Peng was drawn to agriculture while watching her parents care for their beautiful garden and grow food crops.
“The soil seemed to have magic power to grow all kinds of plants,” said Peng, who graduated this May with a doctorate in soil science from Washington State University. “My parents’ relationship with the land taught me that if you treat your soil well and work hard, you’ll always harvest what you plant.”
Herbicide resistance is a problem that is quickly spreading throughout the wheat growing regions of the inland PNW. The newly created Herbicide Resistance Weeds Map, located on the Wheat and Small Grains website, lets you see the results of Dr. Ian Burke’s Herbicide Resistance Testing Program at WSU.
After opening the Herbicide Resistance Weeds Map, select a county to see what herbicide-resistant biotypes have been identified in that county. Select “See screening results” in the popup box to see the number of samples that tested positive for resistance to the various herbicide active ingredients. You can also click on the active ingredient name or weed species name to learn more about the active ingredient or weed species.
Developing improved crops and practices for the Inland Northwest’s growing oilseed industry, alumnus and soil scientist Isaac Madsen is Washington State University’s new extension agronomist for the Washington Oilseed Cropping Systems program.
Hired Sept. 1, Madsen is based in Pullman, and leads WSU’s field-based testing program for oilseed crops, including canola, camelina, safflower, and sunflower. He will work alongside WSU scientists, Extension experts and Northwest growers to test and improve oilseed varieties and production methods that help diversify dryland farming in eastern Washington.
From above, the five-acre flattened expanse of top soil dotted unevenly with construction equipment bears a striking resemblance to a child’s backyard sand pit.
This time next year, Washington State University’s new Perennial Grass Breeding and Ecology Farm research site will be a sea of green, replete with native grasses and highly sought-after hybrids.
Ryan, the newest spring wheat variety from Washington State University, is winning over Northwest farmers and grain buyers across the Pacific, thanks to its surprising ability to create an outstanding fresh noodle.
“Ryan has hit harder and generated way more interest than anything I’ve done before,” said Mike Pumphrey, WSU’s O.A. Vogel Endowed Chair of Spring Wheat Breeding and Genetics. “What sets Ryan apart is its quite remarkable noodle quality.”
PULLMAN, Wash. – WSU Professor of Crops and Soil Sciences Pete Jacoby has invented and developed a subsurface irrigation system that could be game-changing for Washington’s wine-grape industry.
Launched in 2015, Jacoby’s Direct Root-Zone irrigation (DRZ) system differs from existing micro-irrigation models in significant ways. Whereas common drip irrigation systems deliver water in horizontally buried lines, the DRZ system feeds water into vertical tubes buried 1– 4 feet directly into the root-zone soil. Not only does the DRZ supply water to vines much more efficiently than traditional micro-irrigation systems, its vertical structure is less susceptible to damage from clogs, burrowing rodents, or curious wildlife.
WSU Ag Programs Highly Ranked in the World
US News and World Report places WSU at #36 for Best Global Universities for Agriculture Sciences. For more information, go to the US News list. QS World University Rankings for Agriculture and Forestry places WSU at #45 worldwide. For more information, go to the CS Worldwide list.