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Molecular technology is changing the breeding game

By Arron Carter

Molecular technology has been rapidly changing in the past 20 years, making my job as Washington State University’s winter wheat breeder more complicated, and more streamlined simultaneously.
There are many different aspects of “molecular technology.” Manipulating genetic material and cellular process is part of it, but so are innovations in computational and manufacturing technology.

On […]

By |September 27th, 2019|Featured Articles|0 Comments

Fusarium crown rot is prevalent, persistent & pernicious

By Timothy Paulitz and Kimberly Garland-Campbell, USDA-ARS Wheat Health, Genetics and Quality Research Unit

Fusarium crown rot of wheat is probably the most widespread of all root and crown diseases in the PNW.  It is found in all precipitation zones and cropping systems–from conventional to no-till. It causes an average of 10 percent yield loss most […]

By |September 12th, 2019|Featured Articles|0 Comments

A world where the U.S. and Russia can play

By Scott A. Yates

Vince Peterson may be the organization’s president and Mark Fowler, it’s vice president of overseas operations, but when it comes to the voice of U.S. Wheat Associates, that would be Steve Jon Mercer, a veteran of agricultural fields that have nothing to with farming.

Although Mercer grew up in a small northern Illinois […]

By |September 12th, 2019|Featured Articles|0 Comments

Weed resistance: It could be worse

By Ian Burke

Is there anything new for defeating herbicide resistance? That depends on your perspective, your willpower, and most definitely your wallet.

From a weed science perspective, herbicide resistance is the outward expression of a broken tool, but one of quite a few tools that we use to manage weeds in general. We find tools to […]

By |June 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Soil Health Assessment: What Is It Good For?

By Haiying Tao

As defined by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, soil health is “the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans.”

The term first appeared in the literature in 1971 and during the past 40 years has gained world-wide attention. In the past six years, interest […]

By |June 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Hessian Flies Are Coming! What are researchers doing about it?

By Mike Pumphrey

Since starting at Washington State University in 2010, I’ve seen Hessian fly infestations that caused significant losses in both production fields and test plots.  The first time I wrote about Hessian flies in Wheat Life, was in April 2013 due to concern at that time.  Fast forward six years. Now, when I visit […]

By |June 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

2020 Preferred Wheat Varieties Brochure

2020 Preferred Wheat Varieties Brochure

By |March 26th, 2019|Featured Articles|0 Comments

2018-2019 WheatFacts is here!



By |January 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Seventy Seasons of Service

The Western Wheat Quality Lab becomes a septuagenarian
By Craig Morris and David Bolingbroke

Interest in the baking quality of wheat is as old as agriculture itself, but the ability to quantify and research methods to improve it are of a more recent vintage.

In the U.S., the revolution in technology, transportation and industrialization in the latter half […]

By |January 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

RiverFest 2018 catches lighting in a bottle

By Scott Yates

It was been billed as a family, fun, free event, but actually, RiverFest 2018, held at Columbia Park in Kennewick on Sept. 8, was an opportunity to educate the public about the values of a working Columbia/Snake River system.

The Washington Grain Commission (WGC) was among 35 sponsors who contributed funds to make the […]

By |January 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments