This community features publications and educational materials created by the WSU Extension, a network of agricultural experts across Washington state. With 39 locations throughout the state, WSU Extension builds the capacity of individual, organization, businesses and communities, empowering them to find solutions for local issues and to improve their quality of life. Extension collaborates with communities to create a culture of life-long learning and is recognized for its accessible, learner-centered, relevant, high-quality, unbiased educational programs.

WSU Extension began in 1913, a year ahead of federal legislation authorizing the present extension system. In that year, Washington state authorized a Bureau of Farm Development headquartered at Washington State College and provided for the appointment and maintenance of agricultural experts across the state. By then, however, George A. Nelson, the first county extension worker, had been on the job for more than two months. Nelson was appointed as agriculturist for Wahkiakum County December 12, 1912. He was absorbed into the new Bureau. Pioneer extension educators established a philosophy that’s still relevant today: “helping farmers to help themselves.”

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  • Advances in dryland farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest 

    Yorgey, Georgine; Kruger, Chad E. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-07)
    The Pacific Northwest is an important wheat production region. In 2015, the National Agricultural Statistics Service indicated that Washington, Idaho, and Oregon harvested more than 240 million bushels of wheat, worth an ...
  • Understanding access to capital issues for entrepreneurs through simulations 

    Lane, Trevor C.; Tampien, Jordan K. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-07)
    As more and more digital natives are coming of age, the reality of the effectiveness of and the important need for powering up creativity with short simulations is hinged on the premise of a game because of the impact it ...
  • Biofumigant cover cropping in potatoes : Dale Gies : farmer-to-farmer case study series : increasing resilience among farmers in the Pacific Northwest 

    Yorgey, Georgine; Kantor, Sylvia; Painter, Kathleen Marie, 1957-; Davis, Hilary; Bernacchi, Leigh (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-06)
    Dale Gies grows potatoes, wheat, and seed crops for vegetables and cover crops under irrigation near Moses Lake, Washington. In this publication, Gies discusses his experiences using a biofumigant cover crop to add organic ...
  • Pale green weevil : Polydrusus impressifrons Gyllenhal (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae) 

    Niedbala, John C., Jr., 1967-; Rodstrom, Robert A., 1977-; Brown, John J. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-06)
    Hybrid poplars (Populus spp.) are propagated by inserting 12–15 inch cuttings next to each water emitter in a denuded 160 or 271 acre (65 or 110 hectare) field. The number of stems/hectare depends upon the final product: ...
  • Duel-purpose winter canola in the Pacific Northwest : silage production 

    Llewellyn, Donald A.; Fransen, Steven C.; Walker, Ely; Sowers, Karen (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-06)
    Winter canola (Brassica napus) is used as a break crop in the primarily cereal grain rotations of the Pacific Northwest (PNW). Research over the last 40 years has largely been focused on grain production. However, renewed ...
  • Integrated pest management for the wheat head armyworm complex in the Pacific Northwest 

    Roberts, Diana; Rondon, Silvia I.; Landolt, Peter J. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-06)
    The wheat head armyworm complex (WHAC) is comprised of two armyworm species, Dargida diffusa (Walker) and Dargida terrapictalis (Buckett), which caused recent, intermittent damage to cereal crops in the Pacific Northwest ...
  • Washington bumble bees in home yards and gardens 

    Pehling, David; Glass, Jenny R. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-06)
    Bumble bees, with their robust bodies, colorful bands of “fur” and audible “buzz” while in flight are the most well recognized of the native bees in Washington State. Equipped with pollen collecting hairy bodies and “pollen ...
  • Tenlined June beetle : Polyphylla decemlineata Say (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae) 

    Rodstrom, Robert A., 1977-; Brown, John J. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-06)
    Immature grubs of the tenlined June beetle are establishment pests of poplar. Cuttings used to propagate and establish hybrid poplars on land used previously for pasture or irrigated crops often fail due to grub feeding ...
  • The field book for dairy manure applicators 

    Bary, Andy I.; Harrison, Joe (Joseph Heywood), 1956-; Sullivan, Dan M. (Dan Matthew), 1954- (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-06)
    Field record-keeping is a key part of manure management. It includes: Where manure was applied; How much manure was applied; When manure was applied. Good records help you make the most of your farm’s manure. They give you ...
  • Western poplar clearwing moth : Paranthrene robiniae (Hy. Edwards) (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae) 

    Kittelson, Neal T., 1977-; Brown, John J. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-06)
    As a result of Washington State University integrated pest management (IPM) research, all commercially grown poplars in the Pacific Northwest for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified products are now protected by a ...
  • Lace bugs : Corythucha salicata Gibson (Heteroptera: Tingidae) 

    Rodstrom, Robert A., 1977-; Brown, John J. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-06)
    Lace bugs are generally not a pest of poplars grown east of the Cascade Mountains, but expanded plantings of poplars for potential biofuel production in western Oregon and Washington have been attacked by these sap-feeding ...
  • Gluphisia septentrionis Walker : (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae) 

    Del Pozo-Valdivia, Alejandro I., 1981-; Brown, John J. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-06)
    Outbreak populations of the common pebble moth, Gluphisia septentrionis can totally defoliate thousands of hectares of poplar trees. Professional IPM practitioners can use this publication as a guide toward identifying ...
  • Raised beds : will they benefit your vegetable garden? 

    Cogger, Craig George, 1950- (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-06)
    Many vegetable gardeners use raised beds, but other gardeners successfully grow fruit and vegetables directly in native soil. Which system is best for you? This publication will describe the uses of raised beds and weigh ...
  • Basic information on health and care options for women in their childbearing years 

    Ord, Gina; Soliday, Elizabeth; Fischer, Vivianne, 1979-; Eggleston, Kristin (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-05)
    Nearly 40% of births to U.S. women result from "surprise" pregnancies. Whether or not a woman intends to become pregnant, it is useful to have basic information on pregnancy nutrition and health care handy to help get ...
  • Integrated management of Mayweed Chamomile in wheat and pulse crop production systems 

    Lyon, Drew J.; Burke, Ian Cristofer, 1973-; Hulting, Andrew Gerald; Campbell, Joan M. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-05)
    Mayweed chamomile (Anthemis cotula) is a troublesome weed in small grain and pulse crops throughout the high rainfall zones of the Inland Pacific Northwest (PNW). It is an annual that can germinate in the fall or spring ...
  • Duel-purpose winter canola in the Pacific Northwest : forage management 

    Fransen, Steven C.; Walker, Ely; Llewellyn, Donald A.; Sowers, Karen (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-05)
    As winter canola (Brassica napus) continues to gain acceptance as a viable broadleaf crop in the predominantly cereal rotations of the Pacific Northwest (PNW), dual-purpose winter canola is beginning to gain interest. Not ...
  • Grains : growing quinoa in home gardens 

    Kellogg, Julianne A.; Murphy, Kevin M., 1972- (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-05)
    Quinoa, pronounced “KEEN-wah,” is a pseudocereal. Unlike the monocot cereal crops wheat and rice, quinoa is not and does not look like a grass. Quinoa is in the Amaranthaceae family along with garden favorites spinach and ...
  • Practical biosecurity recommendations for farm tour hosts 

    Kerr, Susan R. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-04)
    This publication was written for livestock producers who would like to open their farms to the public for tours or educational workshops, yet reduce disease risks potentially associated with such visits.
  • A citizen science guide to wild bees and floral visitors in Western Washington 

    Bloom, Elias H.; Olsson, Rachel L.; Crowder, David W. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-04)
    Since wild bees are difficult to monitor and identify, this guide acts as an introductory document for those who would like to understand wild bee biodiversity and contribute to conservation through monitoring. This guide ...
  • Value of a one-time sweep application in managing no-till fallow 

    Esser, Aaron D. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-04)
    Farmers across the intermediate rainfall (12–16 inches of annual precipitation) cropping region of eastern Washington traditionally use a tillage-based summer fallow-winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) system in their crop ...

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