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Episode 147: The Profession That Found WSU’s Tim Murray

10.15.19 It’s not a profession children dream about becoming as youngsters, so how do individuals wind up pursuing a career in plant pathology? In episode 147 entitled: “The Profession That Found WSU’s Tim Murray,” the chairman of the Department of Plant Pathology at Washington State University, describes his career arc in the scientific specialty that […]

Episode 146: You Can’t Beat RiverFest For Dam Education

10.8.19 The third RiverFest event sponsored with help from the Washington Grain Commission was a great success as evidenced by the comments of those interviewed in episode 146 of Wheat All About It!, entitled: “You Can’t Beat RiverFest For Dam Education.” Thousands attended the fun and educational festival at Columbia Park on the banks of […]

Episode 145: WSU’s Aaron Esser Has the Second Best Job in Agriculture, 2

10.1.19 Capitalizing on wheat agronomics and economics is at the top of Aaron Esser’s agenda, but as the Washington State University extension agronomist explains during the second part of his tour through the Wilke Research and Extension Farm, he’s juggling many balls in pursuit of that goal. In episode 145 entitled, WSU’s Aaron Esser Has […]

Episode 144: WSU’s Aaron Esser Has the Second Best Job in Agriculture

9.24.19 Come along on a tour through the 340 acre Wilke Research and Extension Farm with Washington State University extension agronomist, Aaron Esser, in episode 144 entitled: “WSU’s Aaron Esser Has the Second Best Job in Agriculture”. The Wilke farm is WSU’s only research facility in Eastern Washington’s intermediate production zone—12 to 16 inches of […]

Episode 143: It’s Always a Delight Leading the Nisshin Crop Quality Team! Second Day

9.17.19 Join the Nisshin Crop Quality Team for their swing south from Spokane on August 20, 2019 as they continue to investigate growing conditions and harvest expectations for Eastern Washington’s crop in episode 143, entitled: It’s Always a Delight Leading the Nisshin Crop Quality Team! Second Day. Listen in as elevator company officials from Rockford, […]

Episode 142: It’s Always a Delight Leading the Nisshin Crop Quality Team! First Day

9.10.19 The Nisshin Crop Quality Team which surveys Eastern Washington’s wheat fields every August during harvest season is not an obligation to Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission. Instead, Yates, who leads the team, views the Nisshin visits as an opportunity to get the straight scoop from six […]

Episode 141: And Now a Word from Jim Fitzgerald, Far West Agribusiness & Agricultural Advocate 2

9.3.19 Anyone who has ordered anything over the internet knows how e-commerce has changed the retailing game—changes that have come to agriculture. Various websites now offer farmers discounted chemicals and fertilizers delivered direct to the farm. Jim Fitzgerald, executive director of the Far West Agribusiness Association, acknowledges the phenomenon, but says it also represents an […]

Episode 140: And Now a Word From Jim Fitzgerald, Far West Agribusiness & Agricultural Advocate

8.27.19 If you’ve never had the opportunity to listen to Jim Fitzgerald speak about issues of importance to agriculture, you’re in for a treat in episode 140 as the executive director of the Far West Agribusiness Association combines years of bureaucratic experience with his background as a wheat farmer and cattle rancher. Fitzgerald left his […]

Episode 139: Direct Seeding–A System of Change

8.20.19 Direct seeders practice what they preach and Ty Meyer, executive director of the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association, (PNDSA), is an articulate spokesman for what that is exactly. Meyer, who also serves as production ag manager for the Spokane Conservation District, suggests that direct seeding is as much a system of change as a […]

Episode 138: Is Synthetic Biology the Playbook for Playing God?

8.13.19 Robots are on the cusp of transforming agriculture, but a potentially bigger revolution is in the field of synthetic biology. In episode 138 entitled: Is Synthetic Biology the Playbook for Playing God?, Michael Neff, a professor in the Department of Crops and Soil Sciences at WSU, outlines how scientists now have the tools to […]