Diana Roberts

Even More Nutritious Potatoes, Cereal Leaf Bettle

Working to Make the Good Even Better This Thanksgiving holiday, you could very well be serving turkey and stuffing with a side of purple, blue, or red mashed potatoes. A team of researchers that includes WSU scientists and their USDA colleagues are working to develop potatoes with high antioxidant and nutrient levels. These added elements […]

Peas and Lentils, Woods, Wine and Wasps

It’s a Fact Every year, farmers on the Palouse Prairie grow 500 million pounds of dry peas and lentils, which are sent to more than 90 countries around the globe. On Solid Ground is a weekly, electronic newsletter for the friends and stakeholders of the Washington State University College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource […]

Roberts Receives Morrison Award

PULLMAN, Wash. — Diana Roberts, Washington State University Extension area agronomist, was named the 15th recipient of the Kenneth J. Morrison Award in Agronomy and Soils at the Spillman Agronomy Farm Field Day on Thursday. The award recognizes WSU Extension faculty for significant contributions made to agronomic crop production and soil management. “Largely through her […]

WSU Seeking Information on Beetle Infestations

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University Extension is seeking information from farmers who have infestations of cereal leaf beetles in their fields to aid a statewide biocontrol project. Biocontrol is the deliberate use of one living organism to control another. The cereal leaf beetle is a newcomer to the state, according to Diana Roberts, WSU […]

WSU Slates Organic Grain Workshop

Farmers can explore organic grain farming as a way of adding value to a portion of their crop, at a workshop here Friday, Jan. 30. The “Organic Grain Production: the Opportunities and Challenges” workshop provides an opportunity for growers to learn how to find or develop viable markets that will add value to their crops. […]

Cereal Leaf Beetle Twilight Tour June 26

SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington State University Cooperative Extension has organized a special tour to familiarize growers with the cereal leaf beetle, a new and potentially serious pest in cereal grains in the Northwest. Diana Roberts, WSU Spokane County Cooperative Extension agronomist, says the pest was first found in Washington state in 1999 and is now […]

Stripe Rust Hits NW Wheat Fields

PULLMAN, Wash. — Scientists have reported the worst outbreak of stripe rust in recent years in Northwest wheat fields and it is being found much earlier in the season than usual. Xianming Chen, USDA plant pathologist at Washington State University, says stripe rust is developing on susceptible winter wheat varieties in southeastern Washington and northeastern […]