New guides from Extension: Weed control, dairy-defending raptors, and hard cider chemistry

Learn how to control a pesky weed of grain and pulse crops, attract birds of prey to protect dairies, and view a first-of-its-kind study of the chemical properties of eastern Washington cider, with help from new and revised guides from WSU Extension.

Found at the WSU Extension online store, the latest publications include:

Mayweed Chamomile
Mayweed Chamomile

Integrated Management of Mayweed Chamomile in Wheat and Pulse Crop Production Systems (PNW695), Revised May 2022

Producing as many as 17,000 seeds per plant, mayweed chamomile is a troublesome weed in grain and pulse crops throughout the high-rain zones of the inland northwest. This guide shares integrated management approaches to help in long-term, sustainable control. Authors include Extension Small Grains Weed Science Professor Drew Lyon; WSU Research Weed Scientist Ian Burke; Oregon State University Extension Weed Science Specialist Andrew Hulting; and University of Idaho Weed Science Research/Instruction Associate Joan Campbell.

Cider test assayStudies on Fruit and Hard Cider Chemistry of Eastern Washington (TB77E)

With the industry expected to continue growing, now is the perfect time to learn more about the chemistry of Washington-grown hard cider apples. Only a few studies have been published concerning tannin tests for cider apple juices or hard ciders within the northwestern United States. This study examines apple fruit chemistry, including tannin assays, in which several common apple varieties were analyzed. Authors are WSU Department of Horticulture scientists Nathan Tarlyn and Scott Mattinson.

Starling flockAttracting Native Raptors to Dairies for Management of Pest Birds (FS373E)

Pest birds, especially European starlings, cause problems for dairies, consuming and spoiling cow feed, and may also transmit diseases. This guide reviews their impact, describes the benefits of attracting native raptors to manage pest birds, and offers recommendations on how to attract native raptor species to dairy farms. Authors include WSU Animal Sciences students Callan Lichtenwalter, Abraham Reguero, and Emma Impala, and WSU Associate Professor and Dairy Management Specialist Amber Adams-Progar.

See all new and revised WSU Extension Publications here.