"Karan’s current research focus is on breeding for grain protein content stability using genomic selection and high throughput phenotyping tools. He’s also focusing on identifying wheat lines having quicker canopy closure and cold tolerance to compete with weeds in the Pacific Northwest. Furthermore, he is applying machine and deep learning models for predicting grain yield and use quality traits and various other agronomic traits in the wheat breeding program."
"We are on the cusp of the marriage of tech and ag that will revolutionize weed control and change the rules for modern farming. Ag-engineers are refining imagery identification systems that will soon be able to differentiate grassy weeds from grassy crops (the proverbial holy grail of imagery analysis). ... Spray drones are already being deployed for agricultural applications and their load limitations are offset by their ability to make precise spot applications. Other technologies in development include precision flamers, lasers, abraders, or cultivators which can replace or augment herbicides."
"Stripe rust occurs worldwide and is probably the most damaging cereal rust compared with leaf rust and stem rust. . . . The primary method for managing stripe rust is to grow a resistant variety. . . . Fungicide seed treatments and foliar fungicide treatments can also be used to manage stripe rust, especially when growing a susceptible or moderately susceptible variety."
"Enter BASFs new product Teraxxa. This new insecticide contains Broflanilide, a unique mode of action, classified as a Group 30 Meta-Diamide which kills wireworms. Preliminary research has shown a 99.1% reduction in wireworm populations in the field."
"As we plan our herbicide programs for the year, let’s keep this in mind; dead weeds don’t develop resistance. Let’s apply herbicides at labeled rates and optimum weed sizes, whether we are applying one herbicide or a combination of herbicides in a tank-mix or sequence."
"Welcome to the inaugural Ask An Expert episode of the WSU Wheat Beat Podcast. In December, we asked our listeners to submit questions for this special episode. And we invited two experts to answer those questions."
"Because of the large diversity among populations and within populations, Lolium spp. is a species to watch out for and take preventive and reactive measures to reduce their infestation as much as possible."
"Harvest weed seed control (HWSC) is an innovative, non-chemical tool that has proved successful in Australia to control herbicide-resistant weeds. HWSC takes advantage of weed seed retention at crop maturity to control the harvested weed seeds. In a common harvest, weed seeds are collected, threshed, separated from the grain, and included most probably in the chaff fraction that is usually ejected behind the combine, spreading weed seeds throughout fields and perpetuating weed issues."
"50 years ago, tractors were nowhere near the size that they are now. More tillage, also. As you decrease the organic matter, you can also increase your compaction, driving on wet soils. So all those kinds of things that we do day to day in agriculture can really start to increase your compaction. And again, it’s nothing that you can readily see with your eyes because it, you know, down in the subsoil.'
"The overreliance on herbicides for weed control has brought us to a situation where we are quickly running out of effective herbicide options for some of our most problematic weeds. The only way to slow the loss of effective herbicides is to adopt integrated weed management approaches for weed control."
"It seems our dalliance with herbicides in lieu of crop rotation and other integrated weed management approaches is about to return us to the place where I started my career; a place where we have few, if any, effective herbicide options for the selective control of winter annual and other grass weeds in wheat."
"The Pacific Northwest Canola Association highlights some of the benefits of adding canola to traditional winter wheat-fallow and winter wheat – spring wheat – spring legume rotations. A few of the primary reasons growers like growing canola are increased infiltration, breaking disease cycles, and grassy weed control."