Washington State: National Leader in Wheat Production

National Leader in Wheat Production Some agriculture facts about Washington State: Washington’s Whitman County produces more wheat than any other county in the United States, and ranks number two nationally in barley production. Washington’s potato growers have the highest yields per acre...

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 -...

The Benefits of Pesticides

The benefits of pesticides include higher quality food production, increased profits for farmers and the prevention of diseases. Although pests consume or harm a large portion of agricultural crops, without the use of pesticides, it is likely that they...

Food Waste Reduction

The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) defines food waste as; “the component of food loss that occurs when an edible item goes unconsumed," as in food discarded by retailers due to color or appearance and plate waste by consumers....

Food Waste Facts

There is a growing awareness of America's food waste and its impact on our environment. The following information may encourage you to change some of your buying and eating habits. Did You Know... In the US, an average family of four...

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...

Alternatives to Pesticides

Alternatives to Pesticides and Integrated Pest Management Many sustainable farms use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as a compliment or alternative to the use of pesticides.  IPM is a growing movement among farms of all sizes that incorporates a variety of...

Plants Respond to Attacks by Insects

Plant behavior. Plants respond to attacks by insects with complex changes in their metabolism, including the production of toxic and anti-digestive chemicals as well as odors. In other words, plants taste and smell differently after an insect attack. These...

Using Natural Plant Defenses

Using natural plant defenses for sustainable agriculture.  Self-defense in plants may be part of an effective solution to sustainable agriculture, in particular, growing some crops without chemical pesticides. All plants contain poisons, for example, the sharp spice of horseradish and wasabi,...

Top 40 Commodities in Washington State

Washington is second only to California in the number of agricultural commodities produced; over 230. Top 40 Commodities in Washington State, 2011 Value of Production 1. Apples $1,831,165,000 2. Milk $1,276,983,000 3. Wheat $1,138,226,000 4. Potatoes $771,040,000 5. Hay $713,568,000 6. Cattle & Calves $592,296,000 7. Cherries $533,507,000 8. Nursery/Greenhouse $306,422,000 9. Grapes $189,396,000 10. Pears $186,269,000 11. Corn for Grain $171,563,000 12. Sweet Corn $163,686,000 13....