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Washington vows to safeguard purity of brassica seeds

Posted on March 15, 2018 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Did you know Skagit county grows 25 percent of the world's cabbage seeds? Here's what nearby gardeners and small vegetable farmers can do to help protect the crop from cross-pollination. Read more.

WSU files counter suits to protect new apple variety

Posted on March 14, 2018 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

WSU has filed a litigation to protect its intellectual property rights, as well as the investments the university and Washington growers have made to bring the Cosmic Crisp to market. Read more.

What you think about pesticides depends on your farm literacy

Posted on March 13, 2018 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Have questions about pesticides? Ask a farmer! Read more.

Photo by Matt M. McKnight/Crosscut

Diggin Ruuts

Posted on March 12, 2018 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Springtime means digging roots in the hops fields in Yakima Valley. Read more.

Photo: Andreana Gamache

When Twenty-Six Thousand Stinkbugs Invade Your Home

Posted on March 7, 2018 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

These uniquely versatile bugs are decimating crops and infiltrating houses all across the country. Will we ever be able to get rid of them? Read more.

Image: David Plunkert

Local help for budding San Juan County farmers

Posted on March 5, 2018 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

A United States Department of Agriculture grant is helping to match retiring farmers on the islands with new farmers to step up and take over the business. Read more.

Spring Awakening (Almost)

Posted on March 5, 2018 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

A day in the life of Green Acres Farms in Yakima Valley. Read more.

Photo: Andrea Gamache

On a mission to vanquish viruses in vineyards

Posted on February 27, 2018 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

WSU plant pathologist Naidu Rayapati's research is helping our growing wine industry ward off pervasive grapevine viruses. Read more.

Photo: TJ Mullinax/Good Fruit Grower

Crop-saving soil tests now at farmers' fingertips

Posted on February 26, 2018 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The new tests are not only portable and fast, but utilize testing materials easily available to the public. Read more.

The battle for spinach: Tiny crop, huge value, no virgin soil, big trouble

Posted on February 21, 2018 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Did you know western Washington and Oregon is the only U.S. region with a suitable climate for spinach seed production? However, growers are increasingly burdened by a devastating disease that takes their fields out of commission for decades at a time. Find out how a WSU professor is working to help growers reduce the impact of this crippling fungal disease called Fusarium. Read more.

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