Oregon State University researchers have been awarded a $500,000 USDA grant to study more than 100 plants to find which provide honey bees with the highest nutritional value.
Three U.S. companies have teamed up to pollinate crops, including fruit and nut trees, using aerial drones that swoop over trees and drop dry pollen onto blossoms.
California-based Monarch Tractor will begin field trials in Oregon this year of its new electric, driver-optional "smart" tractor.
The free event, which typically draws about 120 people, will be Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at a research field at 225 N. 350 E., Rupert.
Using a combination of science and diplomacy, researcher Ed Peachey convinces chemical companies to make weed-killing products available for such high-value, niche crops.
Growers are now pushing for solutions that can help farms adapt to increasingly hot and dry conditions, while also tapping into financial incentives for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to cu…
A $20 million grant has helped launch 16 new research projects in areas such as crop breeding, greenhouse technology and micronutrient research.
Weed scientist Joel Felix says onion growers are making progress in their continuing battle against yellow nutsedge.
Washington State University experts advise potato farmers to use "extra vigilance" monitoring their fields for potato psyllids, after a higher number of the insects have been found to be carry…
The station lost 85 varieties of Austrian pine trees — the 40-year-old world collection — 5 acres of winter wheat, 5 acres of stubble and an 8-by-10-foot storage shed
Someone sprayed glyphosate on about 1 acre at the Aberdeen Research and Extension Center, destroying plantings in research trials.
Once the machine identifies a weed, two knives close together on the row to kill it and then open again to make way for the crop.
Studies show that in 98% of hives nationwide, wax and pollen are contaminated with an average of six pesticides, which can kill bees or reduce a bee's immunity to varroa mites and pathogens.
SALEM — Oregon's universities were given approval by a key committee Thursday to use nearly $446 million in state bonds to finance major building and renovation projects.
It can cost more than $30,000 per acre in cumulative establishment costs to break into the industry, but growers who have are "tasting the fruits" of their labors.
The six-year project will produce data to provide the industry with assessments of dairy’s environmental footprint, setting the stage for new market opportunities
Eighteen traps set in NW states.
Longtime soil researcher Rich Koenig is stepping in as interim dean of Washington State University's College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, replacing Andre-Denis Wright,…
Researchers are working to identify genes that boost heat tolerance in seeds.
Long-term savings seen from early exit of Bridger coal plant.
PULLMAN, Wash. — Farmers and researchers have known soil compaction is a problem ever since the invention of tractors, Haly Neely says.
Warm, dry conditions mean the potential for significant fires — burning acreage above long-term medians — this month is expected to increase to above normal for portions of southern and centra…
Wind delayed spraying. And in dry soil, an herbicide applied in the late pre-emergence stage did not get the moisture it needed to activate. Weeds in turn emerged.
Rep. Mike Simpson’s concept, which he discussed on the final day of the June 1-2 Big Dam Meeting in McCall, aims to mitigate economic and other losses that breaching would cause.
As research continues to demonstrate the efficacy of UV-C light as a management tool for farmers, Willamette Valley Vineyards has adopted the technology in place of traditional chemical fungic…
Silvia Rondon was appointed director of OSU's Integrated Pest Management Center, developing research partnerships across Oregon and the Pacific Northwest to help farmers improve their producti…
The new grass crop is spotty on the range after a mild winter, helping fast-burning fine fuels such as cheatgrass carry over from last year.
SANDPOINT, Idaho — Bite into a crisp, crimson-cloaked Strawberry Parfait apple and you’ll find just that — hints of strawberry flavor and flesh the color of strawberries in cream. With complex…
The department trapped 14 elk this year and 17 last year, moving them to the Stanley area in central Idaho.
Technological advancements help wildfire forecasters, incident commanders and land managers as they race to join the battle that rages across the West every summer.
Calyxt, a Minnesota-based plant technology firm, has transformed the hemp genome to provide a “proof of concept” that the crop can be altered with its TALEN method of using “gene scissors.”
The project, aimed at harnessing artificial intelligence to identify insects, will aid integrated pest management in small-grain production.
The project aims to uncover electric tractors' pros and cons. The team will study battery life, emissions reductions, operational costs, safety and what type of farms and crops e-tractors are …
No-till farming reduces soil erosion and improves soil, air and water quality compared to conventional farming, but advocates say the time and cost involved in switching are hurdles for grower…
Common buckwheat is the variety most often grown. Products are made from the groats, which are the de-hulled seeds.
Washington State University will resume most of its field tour schedule in-person this year after canceling them last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scientists say dung beetles are effective at suppressing human and livestock pathogens, promoting food safety, reducing fly populations and improving soil health.
Skagit Valley potato grower Tim Wallace asked his sons to fix a problem. David and Connor did and started a company to fix the same problem for other farmers.
Some Northwest and California cities bucked the warming trend and became cooler in the past decade, according to new climate normals from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Each year, vegetable farmer Shay Myers hires hundreds of workers to plant, weed and harvest approximately 4,000 acres of produce in Nyssa, Ore.
USDA berry breeder Chad Finn was posthumously inducted into the ARS Science Hall of Fame on April 13.
Vole populations peak in cycles, researchers say. The last big population boom in the valley was about a decade ago. Gray-tailed vole numbers surged again in 2020, and pressure is building into 2021.
The 9-year-old consortium just might be the future of funding for agricultural research.
As regents professor of pathology and infectious diseases in Washington State University's Allen School for Global Animal Health, most of Guy Palmer's current work is on the human side, especi…
The newly established Northwest Ag Innovation Hub is laying the foundation for agricultural technology to flourish in the Willamette Valley, connecting farmers with tech gurus to solve longsta…
Albert Adjesiwor works on weed control in crops.
Trade, labor and foreign animal diseases were the top issues discussed last week by the National Pork Producers Council at its Legislative Action Conference in Washington, D.C.
The 2021 Society for Range Management Annual Meeting done virtually in mid-February included a discussion on low stress handling of livestock. A team of experienced educators, led by Chris Sch…
Midnight Roma, a large, multi-purpose tomato, is a cross between Indigo Rose and Oregon Star varieties.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture plans to prohibit trafficking in live hornets, a quarantine inspired by Asian giant hornets and other invasive hornets that eat fruit and kill po…
No-till — or direct seeding — involves no or minimal cultivation, the application of herbicides to fight weeds and the planting of cover crops that cattle can graze and will return nutrients t…
Boston-based startup Guardian Agriculture has invented an autonomous crop-dusting drone intended to complement or replace crop dusting using low-flying planes.
Beginning next month, the 20,000-square-foot signature building of the Chemeketa Agriculture Complex is expected to be open for business.
PULLMAN, Wash. — Xin Xin hopes to help Kentucky bluegrass farmers increase seed yields through her groundbreaking genetic research.
Private funding for research is focused on financial returns and leaves significant gaps in needed research to face growing challenges.