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WSU Extension News

Better ways to clear snow and ice

Winter driving can be hazardous, but new and greener approaches to combating icy pavement are on the way.

WSU’s On Solid Ground: Robotic Orchard, Soil Testing, Avian Flu, Market Value, and Product Development

January 2015

 

Robotic orchard bins to be tested by WSU scientists

Washington State University researchers were awarded a $1 million federal grant to develop an intelligent bin management system supported by a robotic self-propelled fruit bin carrier in tree fruit orchards.

“This grant gives us the chance to convert what we thought would work into something that orchards can use,” said Dr. Qin Zhang, who will lead the research. “It’s one aspect to help address the overall labor shortage that orchards are dealing with.”

Zhang, director of the Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems and professor in the Department of Biological ... » More ...

Let the sun shine in

This is a dark time of year -- and that influences the amount of Vitamin D in our bodies. Here's the scoop on some recent research about the health impacts of low Vitamin D levels.

All that glitters is not (pure) gold

Recently I had the pleasure of going to the wedding celebration of my assistant at work — whom I count as a good friend — and her new husband. Theirs is an international marriage: the bride was born and raised in this country, the groom born and raised in China. The wedding celebration had elements of traditions from both the U.S. and China: the bride wore red, as is the custom in China, and the marriage was celebrated with a ring, as is the custom here.

Engagement and wedding rings interest geologists from a technical point of view. Long ago, I did geologic research related ... » More ...

Ancient climate change

Climate change dates back to ancient times. Here's new evidence on the timing of climate change and population collapse in Europe in the late Bronze Age.

Upcoming Events

Jan
27
Tue
all-day 2015 WA-OR Potato Conference & T... @ Three Rivers Convention Center
2015 WA-OR Potato Conference & T... @ Three Rivers Convention Center
Jan 27 – Jan 29 all-day
2015 WA-OR Potato Conference & Trade Show @ Three Rivers Convention Center
Schedule of Events Register Online
Feb
3
Tue
all-day Recertification Pesticide Traini... @ TRAC Holiday Inn Express
Recertification Pesticide Traini... @ TRAC Holiday Inn Express
Feb 3 – Feb 4 all-day
Recertification Pesticide Training Course @ TRAC Holiday Inn Express | Pasco | Washington | United States
WSU Pesticide Education Program is offering a recertification training course for those seeking pesticide license recertification. The training is a 2-day course offering up to six (6) recertification credits per day. See the Eastern WA Recertification[...]
Feb
4
Wed
all-day High Residue Farming under Irrig... @ Multiple locations - See below
High Residue Farming under Irrig... @ Multiple locations - See below
Feb 4 – Feb 5 all-day
High Residue Farming under Irrigation Workshops @ Multiple locations - See below | Union Gap | Washington | United States
THE BASICS “High residue farming” is an umbrella term referring to cropping systems where the volume of the soil that is tilled is reduced in order to maintain residue cover of the soil. Crop residue[...]
all-day Pre-License Pesticide Training C... @ TRAC Room #4
Pre-License Pesticide Training C... @ TRAC Room #4
Feb 4 – Feb 5 all-day
Pre-License Pesticide Training Course @ TRAC Room #4 | Pasco | Washington | United States
WSU Pesticide Education Program is offering a pre-license training course for those seeking a pesticide license. The training is a 2-day course preparing you to take the license exam. See the Eastern WA Recertification & Pre-License[...]
Feb
6
Fri
all-day WSU Pork 200 – Swine Information... @ Pillar Rock Grill - Moses Lake Country Club
WSU Pork 200 – Swine Information... @ Pillar Rock Grill - Moses Lake Country Club
Feb 6 all-day
WSU Pork 200 - Swine Information Day @ Pillar Rock Grill - Moses Lake Country Club | Moses Lake | Washington | United States
Washington Swine Information Day features an array of presentations that have been organized to meet the diverse and unique needs of Pacific Northwest Swine Producers.  This year’s program will feature This year’s program will feature[...]
Apr
16
Thu
all-day Low Stress Cattle Handling Seminars @ Various locations - see below
Low Stress Cattle Handling Seminars @ Various locations - see below
Apr 16 – May 21 all-day
Low Stress Cattle Handling Seminars @ Various locations - see below
The way cattle are handled not only affects worker safety, but it also can dramatically impact animal health and profit margins of an operation. In addition, cattle care and handling is a top concern of[...]
Jun
9
Tue
all-day Benton Franklin 4-H Camp @ Camp Wooten
Benton Franklin 4-H Camp @ Camp Wooten
Jun 9 – Jun 14 all-day
Benton Franklin 4-H Camp @ Camp Wooten
  IT IS OFFICIAL: Benton-Franklin 4-H Camp will be June 9 – 14, 2015. We do realize that this may overlap with several local schools, but we don’t have the flexibility to adjust by a[...]

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