WSU Extension scientists work with Northwest farmers and communities, building new knowledge for resilient farms and a healthy environment.
Extension faculty are also authors, who every month share the results of their work through peer-reviewed online publications. Newly published WSU Extension guides include:
- Proactive Approaches for Controlling Recombinant Strains of Potato Virus Y in Western Washington (FS313E). In this free guide, learn about ways to protect potato crops from this serious disease. WSU Extension Plant Pathologist Debra Ann Inglis, Whatcom County Extension Specialist Chris Benedict, WSU Mount Vernon Senior Scientific Assistant Babette Gundersen, Skagit County Extension scientist Don McMoran, and University of Connecticut scientist Abby Beissinger are co-authors.
- Field Equipment for Grain Production on Modest Acreages and Diversified Farm Operations (EM116E). By Stephen Bramwell, Thurston County Extension Director, and Brook Brouwer, San Juan County Extension Director, this free guide helps small farmers learn to source affordable, reliable implements for grain crops.
- Buckwheat Control in Wheat (FS158E) by WSU scientists Drew Lyon and Tim Waters. Learn steps to stop this value-reducing weed in wheat fields.
- A Framework for Conducting Situation Assessments (FS318E). This free guide helps Extension professionals lead collaborative processes to solve challenges in their communities; authored by Amanda Murphy and Chris Page of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center.
- Diversifying Dryland Direct Seed Systems (PNW715). The latest in the Farmer-to-Farmer Case Study Series, which explores innovations and resilience by regional farmers in the face of climate change, this publication looks at Steve and Nate Riggers, wheat farmers on Idaho’s Camas Prairie. Authors include Georgine Yorgey, Associate Director of the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources; Kristy Borrelli, Extension Educator at Penn State; and Kathleen Painter, University of Idaho Boundary County Extension Director.
- Petiole Sap Nitrate-N Quick Test for Determining Nitrogen Status of Tomato (FS319E). This guide helps tomato growers test for nitrogen, saving fertilizer and the environment; authored by WSU Horticulture student Fairuz Buajaila and Prof. Carol Miles.
- Developing a Vegetative Cover using Shrub Willow in New York State (TB56E) Written by Timothy Volk and Justin Heavey, researchers at the University of New York, and WSU Regional Extension Specialist Patricia Townsend, this guide explores willows as useful covers on former industrial sites, as part of the poplar/willow Environmental Applications series.
- Hybrid Poplar as a Wastewater and Biosolids Management Tool: An Environmental Application of the MWMC’s Biocycle Farm (TB53E). Part of the poplar/willow Environmental Applications series, this free guide by Todd Miller, Springfield, Ore., Environmental Management Analyst, and WSU Extension scientists Patricia Townsend and Leslie Boby, looks at the potential of this crop using byproducts from municipal wastewater.
- Potential for a Hybrid Poplar Industry Using Recycled Water: An Environmental Application of Poplar in Northern Idaho (TB54E). By WSU Extension scientists Nora Haider and Patricia Townsend, and Arizona State University scientist Nathan Parker, this guide looks at the use of hybrid poplar as a biorefinery feedstock crop to address wastewater surplus challenges. Part of the poplar/willow Environmental Applications series.
- Integrating Willow Buffers into an Agricultural Landscape: Linking Bioenergy Production and Ecosystem Services (TB55E). This guide, by Argonne National Laboratory scientists Colleen Zumpf, John Quinn, Patty Campbell, and Jules Cacho; WSU Extension scientist Patricia Townsend; and Southern Regional Extension Forestry associate Leslie Boby, looks at how willow buffers can support multifunctional landscapes and address challenges in food, energy and water. Part of the poplar/willow Environmental Applications series.
- Shrub Willows: An Ideal Plant Choice for Living Snow Fences with Multiple Benefits (TB57E). By Justin Heavey, Timothy Volk and Patricia Townsend, this guide explores the tree’s use as a living barrier to drifting snow. Part of the poplar/willow Environmental Applications series.
- Short Rotation Coppice System: Case Studies from Ireland & Northern Ireland (TB58E). This publication by scientists Christopher Johnston, Patricia Townsend, and Leslie Boby looks at use of willow coppices as a treatment for waste water. Part of the poplar/willow Environmental Applications series.
- A Roadmap for Poplar and Willow to Provide Environmental Services and to Build the Bioeconomy (EM115E), by Extension scientists Patricia Townsend, Nora Haider, Leslie Boby, Todd Miller, and Timothy Volk. This free guide shares opportunities, barriers and solutions to valuable use of these trees. Part of the poplar/willow Environmental Applications series.
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