Tag Archives: research

Lind dryland research station hires new director

From Washington State University Crop and soil scientist Surendra Singh will lead research into better agriculture for the Inland Northwest’s arid country as the new dryland cropping systems agronomist and next director at Washington State University’s (WSU) Lind Dryland Research Station. Starting in early April 2023, Surendra Singh replaces longtime agronomist and director Bill Schillinger, who retired in early 2022 after 29 ... Read More »

WSU looks to fill key dryland research position by end of year

From the Capital Press As a dryland cropping systems agronomist in western Nebraska for 22 years, Drew Lyon used to read Bill Schillinger’s research papers. “While he was kind of dealing with similar stuff, the Pacific Northwest is just different because of the rainfall patterns and the soil situations,” Lyon recalled. “It was always interesting to me because sometimes they ... Read More »

5% SOLUTION: Researchers crack wheat’s genetic code, open door to higher yields

From the Capital Press Researcher Jorge Dubcovsky and his team have identified one of the genes in wheat that increases yield — the holy grail for farmers. Yield — the amount of wheat grown per acre — is how wheat farmers pay the bills. “We always joke in wheat breeding that the first three top priorities are yield, yield and ... Read More »

Massive research effort will develop wheat for changing climates

From the Capital Press The University of California-Davis is leading a $15 million, five-year research project to accelerate wheat breeding to meet new climate realities and train a new generation of plant breeders. A USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant will create a coordinated consortium of 41 wheat breeders and researchers from 22 institutions in 20 states. Researchers ... Read More »

Western Innovator: Agricultural lime pays off

From the Capital Press Roughly 90% of the soil in the Pacific Northwest does not have an  optimum pH level, longtime Washington State University researcher Paul Carter says. Yields might be going up, he said, but not at the same rate they would with healthier soil. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Boosting barley: New WSU malt quality lab could increase barley acreage, profits

From the Capital Press On a sunny September day, program manager Max Wood maneuvered a pint-size Wintersteiger Classic Plus combine across a plot of malting barley that is part of Washington State University’s new research efforts. It was the first day of putting the new combine through its paces at the university’s Spillman Agronomy Farm, where different varieties of barley are ... Read More »

$3 million gift establishes plant pathology endowment at WSU

From the Capital Press A $3 million gift will establish an endowed chair in plant pathology at Washington State University. The gift, from the Rosalie and Harold Rea Brown Foundation, establishes the Rosalie & Harold Rea Brown Distinguished Endowed Chair in Plant Pathology. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

WSU cancels plot tours

Due to social distancing guidelines, Washington State University (WSU) Cereal Variety Testing Program has canceled their 2020 plot tours. According to the WSU small grains website, virtual tours will be recorded at Lind, the Wilke Farm/Reardan, Dayton and Pullman. The annual Lind Field Day has also been canceled. This is only the second field day cancellation in 105 years; the ... Read More »

Schrier introduces USDA funding bill for research

House Agriculture Committee member Rep. Kim Schrier (D-Wash.) joined with two of her colleagues, Rep. Jimmy Pannetta (D-Calif.) and Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill), to introduce a bill that would authorize an annual 5 percent funding increase at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In a press release, the group said the bill, The America Grows Act, restores the U.S. public’s ... Read More »

New WSU USDA-ARS research facility on the horizon

From Washington State University Collaborating on plans for a new U.S. Department of Agriculture research facility at Washington State University’s Pullman campus, Dean André-Denis Wright and program leaders in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) joined scientists from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) June 20 for a meeting and tour of their partnership’s cooperative research. Read ... Read More »