Tara Zimmerman

Being prepared: what we got can help us understand what to expect

By Sonia A. Hall Reprinted from: WSU CSANR Perspectives on Sustainability As I shared in my last post, “Climate is what you expect, and weather is what you get.” But if the climate is changing, and part of what experts predict is that we’ll see more extreme weather and weather-related events—think floods, droughts, big storms—what […]

Being prepared: what you get is not necessarily what you expect

By Sonia Hall Reprinted from: WSU CSANR Perspectives on Sustainability A concerned citizen wrote a letter to the editor of my local paper recently, complaining about how weather, climate, and climate change had been used almost interchangeably. Reading that letter got me thinking about the active scientific discussion on whether extreme weather or weather-driven events […]

Early preparation for water transfers could reduce drought impacts for agriculture and fish

By Georgine Yorgey Reprinted from: WSU CSANR Perspectives on Sustainability As this hot, dry summer winds down across Washington State, many areas are continuing to struggle with the impacts of drought. (Those who would like a recap of August weather and drought conditions can see the WSU Drought Report.) Unfortunately, while the weather has become […]

Climate Impacts Modeling 101: Interpreting What Models Say About the Future of Our Region Under Climate Change

By Liz Allen Reprinted from: WSU CSANR Perspectives on Sustainability As a PhD student with CSANR interested in improving communication about climate and agriculture between the academic and decision-making spheres, I’ve had a lot of conversations about climate models with agricultural producers, industry representatives, policy makers and regulatory officials (as well as with modelers themselves!). […]


By David Schmidt Reprinted from: Animal Ag Flashback. While cleaning out a corner of the building I work in I found several dozen old Popular Science magazines. The November 1997 issue caught my attention because of two articles featured on the front cover. See if you find anything striking as you read the titles and […]

Videos Farmers Can Use: Stripper headers in extra-dry dryland agriculture

Reprinted from: REACCH After years of field tests, in dry years and good years, Lauren Port shares her findings on stripper headers and benefits to soil moisture content. She claims that the work at the Ralston Project, near Lind and Ritzville, Washington, is “pushing no-till to its limits” by growing tall cereal crops. To learn […]

Observations of Aphid Dynamics Provide Clues to Risks and Benefits under Climate Change

By Kristy Borrelli Reprinted from: REACCH Growers can anticipate future aphid-related risks by understanding current baselines and trends – Sanford Eigenbrode Possibly one of the most concerning factors associated with climate change is the uncertainty of its impacts on agricultural pests. Climate change can directly influence ranges and severity of pests and indirectly complicate the […]

Time to Talk Heat Stress!

By David Schmidt Reprinted from: Animal Ag On June 9 the temperature climbed to 97 degrees F in Western MN. Not an unreasonable temperature for the region but maybe a little early in the season. This got me thinking about heat stress. I know some regions of the US are well into heat stress season […]

Welcome Rain

By Georgine Yorgey Reprinted from: WSU CSANR Perspectives on Sustainability Those of us who have been watching the drought conditions in the Yakima Watershed of Eastern Washington got a welcome bit of news on Wednesday: significant precipitation. Cliff Mass, from the University of Washington, did a nice job of summarizing the latest, and explaining why […]