Waters Is Hopeful Cold Temperatures Will Help Farmers This Growing Season

The cold temperatures the Pacific Northwest saw to ring in the New Year may help farmers later this growing season. Washington State University’s Dr. Tim Waters says while those frigid temperatures will do little to the insect and disease population, the temps will disrupt where many of those pest like to live; volunteer potatoes. “When […]

WSU Potato Field Day Set For June 24th

As the farming community continues the slow trek toward normalcy, the row crop sector will take a noticeable step Thursday June 24th, as Washington State University hosts their Potato Field Day in Othello. WSU’s Dr. Tim Waters said this year’s Field Day will not be like those from the past. This year’s event will be […]

Waters: Veggie Growers Must Continue Active Scouting

Thanks to cooler temperatures, the disease pressure on vegetable growers across the Inland Northwest has been relatively light, but growers are reminded to continue to scout. Dr. Tim Waters with Washington State University said typically this time of year, potato growers need to worry about late blight, while onion growers need to keep an eye […]

Corn Growers Warned To Watch For Yellow Nutsedge

Dr. Tim Waters with Washington State University-Extension is warning row crop growers to be on the lookout for Yellow Nutsedge this season. He noted they’ve already seen a lot of this difficult weed across the Columbia Basin. “One of the places in the rotation where you can do a better job of controlling it is […]

Waters: Potato Growers Need To Watch For Volunteer Potatoes, Colorado Potato Beetle

With temperatures warming and more and more producers getting out into the field, its important potato growers are mindful of disease pressures that could come down the road. Washington State University Extension’s Dr. Tim Waters said one of the main concerns this season will be the Colorado Potato Beetle, thanks mainly to the mild weather […]

Waters: Expect An Active Pest Season

The recent blast of cold air and snow the Northwest has seen over the past week is good news for the snowpack, but it may be too little, too late when it comes to disease pressures this growing season. Washington State University Extension’s Dr. Tim Waters says while the region has seen cold temperatures and […]

Waters: Now The Time To Fight Pests In Vegetable Crops

We haven’t celebrated Christmas yet, but Washington State University’s Dr. Tim Waters says it’s already time to think about pest management in your vegetable crop.  Waters, and Oregon State’s Dr. Stewart Wright recently talked about insect management, specifically when it comes to thrips.  Waters noted more and more vegetable growers understand the importance of focusing […]

Leafminers, Rain Showers Big Issues For Onion Growers This Time Of Year

As onion harvest continues across the Inland Northwest, Washington State University is reminding growers to keep their eye to the field and to the sky.  WSU’s Tim Waters said when it comes to over winter onions, it’s important that growers watch out for leafminers.   “We have the American Serpentine leafminer that can cause problems […]

2020 Late Blight Fight Starts Now

Now is the time for potato growers to be thinking about the 2020 growing season, and keeping Late Blight out of their fields.  Washington State University’s Dr. Tim Waters said the region saw reported of Late Blight this past growing season, making it even more important that producers are aware where the fungus was reported.  […]

Potato Grower Asked To Watch For Tuber Moth As Harvest Approaches

Its harvest time for many in the potato industry, and those not quite to that point, harvest will be here before you know it.  And while many growers are thinking about getting those spuds in a storage shed, or off to the processor, Washington State University’s Tim Waters said growers need to continue to watch […]