Wheat & Small Grains

New high-yield WSU spring wheat named for Black pioneer and family

Newest spring variety is an outstanding wheat named for Black pioneer George Bush and his son, William Owen Bush.

William Owen Bush with WSU spring wheat

Public wheat breeders continue 130-year legacy of excellence

From the 1890s through today, WSU wheat breeders have kept Washington wheat competitive and adapted to our unique challenges.

Vogel and Allan- new wheat, historic photo

Aspiring first-gen mentor helps find greener food future

Mentorship changed Miguel Rosas’ life, putting him on a path to help feed the world through science.

Miguel Rosas with seedlings in a gel case.

Latest WSU guides tighten pear irrigation, shed light on wheat, buckwheat production

WSU scientists share free guides monthly that help Pacific Northwest agriculture and home growers. The latest online publications offer irrigation tips and evaluation for pear growers, review past production at WSU’s Wilke Farm as well as buckwheat west of the Cascades, and share scientifically sound approaches to home-garden companion plants. Buckwheat Production West of the […]

Buckwheat field

New from Extension: Invasive tree killers; tradeoffs of harvesting straw; organic blueberries; reducing fire risks

New guide help Northwest communities prepare for an damaging insect, and let wheat farmers calculate tradeoffs of cutting straw.

Emerald ash borer

Partner-funded WSU Plant Growth Facility is paid off, paying forward

Now paid off, WSU’s expanded Plant Growth facility enables faster, more efficient breeding and more competitive new wheat varieties.

Japan millers tour PGF

New grant to help grain farmers find low falling numbers sooner

WSU scientists are working to develop a new test that could save wheat growers millions of dollars thanks to a new grant.

A person squats down in a field surrounded by golden wheat plants.