Episode 137: The February From Hell & the March & April From Heck

8.6.19 Jeremy Wolf, meteorologist at the National Weather Service outside Spokane, returns for a fourth time to Wheat All About It! in episode 137 entitled: The February From Hell and the March and April from Heck, as he looks back at the record breaking snow, cold and blizzard events that occurred as the 2018/2019 winter […]

Episode 136: Retired, Not Forgotten: Jim “Root Disease” Cook-2

7.30.19 In the second half of his conversation with Jim Cook entitled: Retired, Not Forgotten: Jim “Root Disease” Cook—2, Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, quizzes the retired ARS  plant pathologist about the demonization of glyphosate, his relationship with wheat breeder Orville Vogel and research on two Eastern […]

Episode 135: Retired, Not Forgotten: Jim “Root Disease” Cook

7.23.19 A refresher course in wheat root diseases and the havoc they cause, the discovery of the importance of “the green bridge” when planting, how pH levels affect disease pathogens and much more is on tap in episode 134 entitled: Retired, Not Forgotten: Jim “Root Disease” Cook. A plant pathologist who spent most of his […]

Episode 134: How Minneapolis Flour Milling Shaped Our World

7.16.19 It’s rare that an industry can lay claim to changing the world, but the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota argues that modern flour milling did just that. Join Scott Yates, director of communications for the Washington Grain Commission, on a tour of the museum on the banks of the Mississippi River in episode […]

Episode 133: Soil Quality Steals The Spotlight!

7.9.19 Are researchers and farmers measuring the right components of soil health? That’s the question driving the the Soil Health Institute, an organization which intends to analyze soil samples from 120 different North American sites (including several in Eastern Washington) to determine whether changing farming practices can result in farmers getting more out of their […]

Episode 132: The Wicked Problem of Herbicide Weed Resistance

7.2.19 Herbicide weed resistance has more than one cause. In addition to the chemistry of the product, there’s how it is marketed as well as the human impulse to continue using what’s working—until it doesn’t work anymore. That complexity is why weed scientists call resistance the wicked problem, hence the title of episode 132: The […]

Episode 131: If Glyphosate’s Glory Days Are Gone, What Comes Next?

6.25.19 A conversation with two WSU weed scientists about the on-going controversy over the most used agricultural chemical in America yields fascinating insights in episode 131 entitled: If Glyphosate’s Glory Days Are Gone, What Comes Next? Weed scientists Drew Lyon and Ian Burke, discuss the debate which include emotional accusations from one side that the […]

Episode 130: Small But Strong: Ben Barstow’s Love Affair With Farming

6.18.19 Many farmers will test other professions before returning to the farm. Ben Barstow never had a farm to return to, but working on his grandfather place south of Colfax while growing up, whetted his appetite for an agrarian life. As a result, he pursued an undergraduate and masters degree in plant protection and worked […]

Episode 129: There’s Something For Everybody In The 2017 Ag Census

6.11.19  Chris Mertz, Northwest regional director of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, provides a wheat-centric view of the 2017 Census of Agriculture, a once every five year effort to quantify agriculture in the United States. In episode 129 entitled: There’s Something For Everybody in the 2017 Ag Census, Mertz addresses the decline in the number […]

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 […]