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Small Farms in Washington State

  Washington State University's “Profile of Small Farms in Washington State Agriculture” states that small farms comprise 91% of all farms in the United States and account for over half of its farmland (USDA 2009b). Of the 39,284 farms counted in...

Crop Rotation for Weed Control

Crop rotation is one of the oldest and most effective cultural control strategies as a planned order of specific crops planted on the same field.  The new crop you put in the field will be from a different family. The...

Sustainable Ag and Crop Rotation

Crop Rotation and other growing techniques for Sustainable Ag. Techniques used by sustainable farms include: Crop rotation - which involves planting crops in different places each season in order to replenish nutrients removed from the soil by a particular plant. Inter-cropping -...

Invasive Insect Detection in Washington State

Every year the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s (WSDA) Pest Program conducts a number of surveys (detection programs). The purpose of these surveys is to prevent the establishment and spread of non-native insects that are a known threat to...

Integrated Weed Management

Integrated weed management (IWM) is the control of weeds through a long-term management approach, using several weed management techniques such as: Physical control:  The removal of weeds by physical or mechanical means, such as mowing, grazing, mulching, tilling, burning or...

Are Farmers Rich?

Are Farmers Rich? An interesting question that many people want to know.  Yes, farmers are rich in many ways, but farmers are not wealthy.  They have a full life filled with nature and family, and the fulfillment of seeing the...
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