Sep 04

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Cost Share

Posted on September 4, 2019 at 8:52 AM by Allan Warren

FarmIn honor of our 70th Anniversary, we are running a 70-days of Conservation campaign. In addition to all of our great planting events and farm workshops, farmers can join us in our effort to make our community better by implementing best practices with support from our Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

Do you have improvements you’d like to make on your farm in the coming next year? Would you like assistance in planning those improvements and help finding a way to help pay for them?

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Sep 04

Are You a Pollinator Pal?

Posted on September 4, 2019 at 8:23 AM by Allan Warren

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Join us and the Xerces Society on November 19th for a pollinator workshop and learn how you can become a Pollinator Pal by restoring pollinator habitat on your own property.

At least 600 species of native bees in Washington contribute to the important work of pollinating favorite local crops like squashes, cucumbers, berries and apples. Three-quarters of all flowering plants and roughly 35% of food crops depend on pollinators to reproduce! The abundance and diversity of native bees and other pollinators on farms, and their contribution to pollination and crop productivity are enhanced when

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Jun 10

Finding the Right Cover Crops for Our Area

Posted on June 10, 2019 at 8:12 AM by Allan Warren

Four Elements field day photoCover Crop Field Day participants see the results of WSU demonstration plots showcasing various cover crop varieties grown under different fertilization regimes.

Acreage planted to cover crops nationwide continues to grow as the multifaceted benefits of cover crops to soil health and resiliency, crop production and water quality are increasingly recognized. But with so many cover crop options available the decisions of how to incorporate cover crops into a complex farming operation can be overwhelming. Success with cover crops depends on selection and use of species and varieties adapted to the local climate and soils and individual cropping systems.

In the spring of 2018 PCD and WSU staff had the opportunity to visit the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Plant Materials Center (PMC) in Corvallis, Oregon. The center is participating in a 3 year cover crop variety trial, along with PMCs across the country, to evaluate the adaptation and growth potential of common, commercially available cover crop species and varieties. In the fall of 2018 WSU established demonstration plots showcasing a subset of the varieties from the PMC trials at Four Elements farm in Orting, and we had a successful cover crop field day at the farm in April to provide the chance for producers to evaluate the varieties for themselves.

Visit the PCD cover crop page to access the PMC cover crop trial report and stay tuned for additional cover crop field days in late summer! PCD will also be providing a training on May 20th on how to use our no-till seed drill that is available to borrow for cover crop and pasture renovation applications. Visit our Farm Workshops page to register for the training to be held at Bright Ide Acres where you can also see how the farmers at Bright Ide used the drill to overseed their pastures.