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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  • Strip-tillage for onions and sweet corn : Lorin Grigg : Farmer-to-Farmer Case Study Series : Increasing Resilience Among Farmers in the Pacific Northwest 

    Yorgey, Georgine; McGuire, Andrew (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-06)
    Lorin Grigg grows onions and sweet corn under sprinkler irrigation in Quincy, Washington. In this publication, Grigg discusses his strategy for cover cropping to protect seedlings from windblown sand and reduce wind erosion. ...
  • Growing poplar trees for biofuels : what do landowners in Washington State have to say? 

    Gowan, Catherine; Kar, Shiba; Townsend, Patricia (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-05)
    One option for reducing reliance on petroleum is to use hybrid poplar trees as a local, renewable source of biofuels and other bioproducts in the Pacific Northwest. It would require a mass of potential landowners interested ...
  • Ascochyta blight of faba bean 

    Dugan, Frank M., 1947-; Landry, Erik J., 1982-; Hu, Jinguo (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-05)
    This fact sheet provides information on Ascochyta blight of faba bean for commercial growers and home gardeners. Faba bean (Vicia faba, also known as fava bean or broad bean) has been grown in the ancient Near East (present ...
  • WSU Wilke Research and Extension Farm operation, production, and economic performance for 2017 

    Esser, Aaron D.; Appel, Derek (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-05)
    The WSU Wilke Research and Extension Farm is a 320-acre facility located on the eastern edge of Davenport, WA, and is split (north and south) by State Highway 2. Washington State University maintains and operates this ...
  • Washington lamb of merit 

    Busboom, Jan Roger; Llewellyn, Donald A.; Smith, Sarah Maki (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-05)
    The purpose of the Washington Lamb of Merit program is to: 1. To create an awareness of current market demands; 2. To recognize exhibitors and breeders for producing high-value carcasses; 3. To provide information about ...
  • Preserving pumpkin and winter squash 

    Wells-Moses, Kayla (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-05)
    There are many varieties of winter squash and pumpkins that are suitable for preservation. Squash varieties that preserve well are: acorn, buttercup, butternut, banana, golden delicious, Hubbard, and sweet meat. Pumpkin ...
  • Anthracnose canker integrated management plan for home gardeners in Western Washington 

    Garton, Whitney; Miles, Carol A.; Mazzola, Mark (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-04)
    Anthracnose canker, caused by the fungal pathogen Neofabraea malicorticis (synonym Cryptosporiopsis curvispora), and potentially Phlyctema vagabunda (synonym Neofabraea alba), is a major disease, limiting apple production ...
  • Biodegradable plastic mulch and suitability for sustainable and organic agriculture 

    Ghimire, Shuresh; Hayes, Doug; Cowan, Jeremy S., 1977-; Inglis, Debbie, 1953-; DeVetter, Lisa W.; Miles, Carol A. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-04)
    Biodegradable plastic mulch offers crop production benefits similar to polyethylene (PE) mulch but is designed to be tilled into the soil after use thereby eliminating waste and disposal challenges. This publication explains ...
  • Organizational dimensions of farmers markets in Washington State 

    Ostrom, Marcia; Donovan, Colleen (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-04)
    Farmers markets are one of the most visible cornerstones of farm-direct marketing today. Throughout the United States, the total number of farmers markets has increased dramatically. The USDA’s directory now includes 8,144 ...
  • Therapeutic gardening 

    McHugh, Anna; Ord, Gina (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-04)
    Therapeutic gardening is the cultivation of plants to promote a healing environment, receive mental and physical health benefits, and increase well-being. Gardening has many different purposes for individuals, ranging from ...
  • Are native trees and shrubs better choices for wildlife in home landscapes? 

    Chalker-Scott, Linda (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-04)
    Many gardeners prefer to use native plants in their landscapes. Part of this preference is the widespread belief that native species are better ecological choices, especially in providing habitat for native wildlife. Most ...
  • Pack food safety in your lunch 

    Craig, Susie B. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-04)
    Packed lunches can be quick, healthy, and easy on the family budget. Whether you’re in school, work in an office building, or you’re going on vacation, make certain to pack food safety along with your lunch. Understanding ...
  • Plant-parasitic nematodes in pome & stone fruit orchards : biology & management in Washington 

    DuPont, Tianna; Ferris, Howard; Mazzola, Mark (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-04)
    A diversity of microscopic round worms called nematodes inhabit orchard soils. Many of the nematodes in orchard soils contribute to soil health functions. Fungal feeding and bacterial feeding, predatory and omnivorous ...
  • Farm to cafeteria : implementing a Fith Season at your school 

    Smith, Diane K.; Ordo?n?ez, Rita; Murray, Madie (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-04)
    The USDA’s Farm to School Program helps child nutrition program operators incorporate local foods into the National School Lunch Program and its associated programs, as well as the Summer Food Service Program and Child and ...
  • 2018 crop protection guide for tree fruits in Washington 

    DuPont, Tianna; Beers, Elizabeth H. (Elizabeth Hull), 1955-; Nottingham, Louis, 1972-; Grove, Gary G.; Amiri, Achour; Sosnoskie, Lynn M.; Daniels, Catherine H., 1957-; Blakey, Rob; Schmidt, Tory; Kangiser, Joel; Klaus, Michael; Taylor, Lagene F.; Steffen, Gerald R.; Ruiz, Shelby N.; Jones, Wendy (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-03)
  • Baby corn 

    Miles, Carol A.; O'Dea, Justin; Daniels, Catherine H., 1957-; King, Jacqueline (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-03)
    Fresh baby corn is eaten in its entirety and has a crisp texture and a subtle, slightly sweet corn flavor. Although almost all the baby corn found in the United States is imported from Asia in pickled or canned form, fresh ...
  • Canning meat, poultry, and game 

    Powers-Hammond, Lizann (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-03)
    Poultry, red meats, and meat from game animals (such as deer, elk, and bear) are low-acid foods and must be processed in a pressure canner to ensure safety. Because meat and poultry products are low-acid foods, Clostridium ...
  • Anthracnose canker management plan for commercial apple orchards in Western Washington 

    Garton, Whitney; Miles, Carol A.; Mazzola, Mark (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-02)
    Anthracnose canker, caused by the fungal pathogen Neofabraea malicorticis (synonym Cryptosporiopsis curvispora), and potentially Phlyctema vagabunda (synonym Neofabraea alba), is a major disease, limiting apple production ...
  • Edamame 

    Miles, Carol A.; Daniels, Catherine H., 1957-; Zenz, Leslie; King, Jacqueline (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-02)
    Edamame is a specialty vegetable soybean that originated in China more than 2000 years ago. Today it is known as a traditional Japanese vegetable Edamame is a Japanese word which translates to English as “branched bean”. ...
  • Approaches to nutrient recovery from dairy manure 

    Frear, Craig, 1964-; Yorgey, Georgine; Ma, Jingwei (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2018-02)
    To support dairy, dairy-allied industry, and agency knowledge and decision-making, this paper provides an overview of the major nutrient recovery (NR) approaches now emerging or in use for recovery or removal of P, N, K, ...

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