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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|Featured Articles|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|Featured Articles|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|Featured Articles|0 Comments

2019 Preferred Wheat Varieties Brochure

2019 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

Bringing a miller perspective to USW’s overseas operations

Farmers can appreciate better than most how a parent’s choices can transform their children’s lives. In Mark Fowler’s case, his father’s path led him away from his parent’s Kansas farm, to be the first in the family to receive a college degree and onward to a career as a Spanish teacher.

Although Fowler spent time on […]

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

Welcome Ben Barstow & Brian Cochrane

Ben Barstow from Palouse, Wash. and Brian Cochrane of Kahlotus, are the newest members of the 10 member Washington Grain Commission board.

Barstow, who has a bachelor degree from the University of Idaho focusing on plant protection and a master’s degree involving insect sampling, was previously an extension agent in North Idaho. He and his wife, […]

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

District 5 New Commissioner: Stacy Kniveton

Stacy Kniveton
Pasco, WA

Candidate Profile:
Education: Washington State University, BS Agribusiness
Years of Farming: 30
Affiliations: Washington State Potato Commission;Big Bend Electric Coop Trustee
Misc. Information: Farmer, Sales Manager at Tri State Seed

 Candidate Statement:
I am a 3rd generation irrigated farmer from Eltopia, WA.  I married Olivia Grassl who is a 3rd generation dryland farmers daughter from Connell, WA.  Olivia, myself […]

By |November 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments