Ag/Climate Blog

Around the Web: Producers respond to climate challenges

Jul 2, 2014 • Leigh Bernacchi

The Farm Journal recently covered the precautions some producers are taking for variable weather, especially extreme weather events, in "... more

Category: Research
Topic tags: adaptation, climate change, policy, sustainability, technology


Exploring Field Scale Variability with Remote Sensing and EMI Sensors

Soil Cores

Soil Cores

Aug 13, 2014 • Jashvina Devadoss, Erin Brooks

Precision agriculture utilizes information technologies to modify land management practices in a site-specific manner as conditions change spatially and temporally for optimum profitability, sustainability, and protection of the environment.

Precision agriculture deals with 5 “R’s”:

Cover Crops, Soil Conservation, and Prevented Planting Acres

Winter Erosion

Sep 2, 2014 • Kate Painter, Kristy Borrelli, David Steury

Each ton of soil eroded in the Pacific farm production region has a negative economic impact of $0.53. —David Steury

As many of you and your clients consider crop insurance purchases before the sales closing date, here is some REACCH research, conducted by Professor of Agricultural Economics Kate Painter and her 2013 University... more

Category: Outreach, Research
Topic tags: erosion, internship, reports, soil health


Analyzing Regional Climate Models for the PNW

GCM model at 200km

GCM model at 200km

Sep 22, 2014 • Christian McGillen, Phil Mote, Sihan Li

Climate models are the most sophisticated tool we have to better our understanding of how our climate will change.

Climate models have proven their utility in accurately reproducing past, observed changes in our climate. They have also shown the ability to pick up on key physical and human influences on our climate, improving confidence in their accuracy.

The most widely... more

Category: Research
Topic tags: climate science, CMIP, internship, models


U.S. Northwest feels the heat

Sep 23, 2014 • John Abatzoglou

REACCH scientist John Abatzoglou explains why July and August were so hot.

Aside from a few locations in mid-latitudes, July and August are the warmest months of the year. However, the northwestern US experienced extraordinary warmth over the past 6-8 weeks with most locations 2-3 degrees C (3-5 F) above normal adding to the crescendo of the hottest time of the year.

Visit his blog... more

Category: Outreach, Research
Topic tags: climate change, climate science, CMIP, temperature


Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (SWOT) Analysis of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Renewable Identification Numbers

Renewable Identification Numbers

Sep 26, 2014 • Caitlyn Mack, Susan Capalbo, John Antle, Laurie Houston

"This Low Carbon Fuel Standard has the ability to increase the use of renewable fuels with the 'first-of-its-kind' regulation. In order to work properly and efficiently, a cost containment strategy would have to be implemented. My internship with REACCH has led me to explore the history and future of renewable and fuel standards and markets, with the hopes of decreasing fossil fuel use."

... more

Category: Research
Topic tags: climate change, fuel, internship, policy


Precision Agriculture Resources for Farmers

REACCH Intern River Rafting Trip 2014 (Photo credit: Carolyn McCotter)

Sep 29, 2014 • Allison Buiser, Kristy Borrelli, Chad Kruger, Georgine Yorgey

I had an amazing experience this summer! I had the chance to work as an undergraduate intern with  REACCH Extension Specialist, Kristy Borrelli. Coming from the city of Chicago, I was in awe of the rolling hills in the Palouse but did not know much about grower practices, much less precision agriculture. Over the nine-week period, I researched precision agriculture equipment and practices... more

Category: Outreach
Topic tags: nitrous oxide, nutrient management, precision agriculture, remote sensing, technology, unmanned aerial


Drought and Cereal Pests Research

Palouse Ag System

Palouse Ag System

Oct 5, 2014 • Carolyn McCotter, Sanford Eigenbrode, Seth Davis

If we go back in time twelve thousand years from the present, to a period marking the formation of the Puget Sound within the Pacific Northwest (PNW) region of North America, we see geo-climatic conditions drastically different from those predominating on Earth today. With one half of Earth's surface covered in ice, extensive glaciation  drove massive landscape alteration and mass... more

Category: Research
Topic tags: climate change, drought, internship, pests


Integrating Environmental Accounting into AgTools

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Oct 14, 2014 • Jenna Way, Zach Milang, Clark Seavert, Susan Capalbo

The AgToolsTM software uses a suite of programs to evaluate the profitability and feasibility at the individual farm level of different management decisions and cropping systems. Integrating environmental accounting into AgToolsTM aims to take into consideration the economic and environmental impacts of agricultural practices at the... more

Category: Outreach, Research
Topic tags: AgTools, climate change, crop rotation, internship, precision agriculture


How climate change affects ecological interactions

Effects of wireworms on wheat.

Figure 1. Effects of wireworms on wheat.

Jan 27, 2015 • Jacob Cohen, David Crowder, Ivan Milosavljevic

Agriculture has been relied upon as a food source for humans for thousands of years. For much of that time, wheat has been one of the most important crops that people have grown. Wheat, like most crops, is reliant upon certain quantities of water to grow properly.

According to climate change projections for the Pacific Northwest, water availability will change drastically both in timing... more

Category: Research
Topic tags: climate change, drought, internship, pests