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Faculty, Growers Meet to Prioritize Oilseed Research
Prioritizing canola and oilseed research and Extension needs, the annual Washington State Oilseed Cropping Systems (WOCS) project meeting was held March 1 at the Lewis Alumni Centre on the Pullman campus.
Canola growers, industry, WSU and University of Idaho faculty, state agency representatives, the Washington Oilseeds Commission, and a visiting scientist from Columbia attended. Faculty and graduate students summarized their 2015 research and Extension projects and outlined research continuing in 2016. (Read More)
Organic Agriculture Key to Feeding the World Sustainably
PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University researchers have concluded that feeding a growing global population with sustainability goals in mind is possible. Their review of hundreds of published studies provides evidence that organic farming can produce sufficient yields, be profitable for farmers, protect and improve the environment and be safer for farm workers. (Read More)
Crop Rotation Increases Maize Yields in Malawi
[LILONGWE] Incorporating crop rotations, whether in conventional or conservation agriculture tillage systems, could help boost maize yields, according to a study in Malawi. (Read More)
Policy Training Helps Students Tackle Global Challenges
Rachel Wieme has big ideas growing in her experimental quinoa plot near Pullman. Her organic experiments hold the potential to improve soil and help feed the world. But it’s a long way from idea to impact. (Read More)
2016 is the International Year of Pulses
The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP) (A/RES/68/231)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been nominated to facilitate the implementation of the Year in collaboration with Governments, relevant organizations, non-governmental organizations and all other relevant stakeholders.
The IYP 2016 aims to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition. The Year will create a unique opportunity to encourage connections throughout the food chain that would better utilize pulse-based proteins, further global production of pulses, better utilize crop rotations and address the challenges in the trade of pulses. (Read More)
Researcher Finds Way to Fight Cheatgrass, a Western Scourge
Cheatgrass could vie for the title of the most successful invasive species in North America. The weed lives in every state, and is the dominant plant on more than 154,000 square miles of the West, by one estimate. When it turns green in the spring, “you can actually see it from space,” said Bethany Bradley, an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who studies biogeography, the spatial distribution of species. (Read More)
The Bread Lab Plants Wheat, Barley at the Governor’s Mansion
The Washington Governor’s Mansion now has WSU Bread Lab wheat and barley varieties in the garden. (Read More)
WSU Ag Programs Highly Ranked in the World
US News and World Report places WSU at #36 for Best Global Universities for Agriculture Sciences. To see the US News list, click here. QS World University Rankings for Agriculture and Forestry places WSU at #45 worldwide. To see the QS Worldwide list, click here.
Cereal Variety Testing Program 2015 Preliminary Data
Stripe Rust Alerts
Wheat and Small Grains
Crop Science Society of America