Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Vegetable processor needs workers

- A Quincy, Wash., vegetable processor is short 62 percent of its night crew and there are reports of picker shortages in apples and pears.

Idaho dairy organization tells farmers not to give tours

- The letter says that for the protection of the Idaho dairy industry, people seeking tours or interviews should be turned down or referred to United Dairymen officials or another industry group.

Portland Daily Grain Report

- Bids as of 9:30 a.m. Pacific time; subject to change.

Daily California Egg Report

- Market activity is slow to moderate. Monday’s shell egg inventories declined 1.7% in the Southwest and increased 19.1% in the Northwest.

BMCC student spearheads fundraising for pivot systems

- Blue Mountain Community College student Kevin Hawman is fundraising $90K to help the school purchase new irrigation equipment.

High court justice praises Idaho water right efforts

- The adjudication completion doesn’t eliminate future disputes, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said. Instead, it provides a guideline for what people might fight over in the future. Since 1987, water law attorne...

No one hurt in train-cattle feed truck collision

- Truck driver Lynn Simonds of Salem told officers he didn’t see the train coming and began crossing at the intersection. When he did see the train, he says he tried to clear the tracks but couldn’t do so fast e...

Law on genetically modified crops ruled invalid

- The federal judge's ruling agrees that the Hawaii county's ordinance is pre-empted by state law and stops the county from enforcing the ordinance.

Teenager’s drone worried firefighting crews

- Drones may be a problem for firefighters if the drones fly into restricted airspace over and near a wildfire, where air tankers and helicopters could be in the air, said Mike Ferris, a spokesman in Portland for the U.S. For...

Pro Rodeo Leaders

- A listing of the top U.S. rodeo competitors.

Idaho counties seek moisture emergencies

- Counties are requesting emergency declarations as damage due to excessive moisture amounts in grain.

Guilty plea in California meat-recall case

- Robert Singleton, who co-owns the Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., entered his plea Friday in a San Francisco courtroom to aiding and abetting in the distribution of adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat.

Winter wheat harvest wrapping up in South Dakota

- About 94 percent of the state's winter wheat crop is in the bin.

DOL can’t appeal ruling on ‘hot goods’ deals

- The U.S. Labor Department won't be able to immediately appeal an order that threw out "hot goods" settlements with Oregon farmers.

Week of rain halts small grains harvest in North Dakota

- Only 10 percent of the state’s staple spring wheat crop has been harvested.

Large U.S. apple crop poses marketing challenges

- Big apple crops in the United States and Europe will be challenged by Russia's boycott. Washington growers hope weather stays good for maximum quality.

Grass seed farms host music festival

- Three-day event raises $80,000 for local school clubs.

Regional Livestock Auction Report

- At Toppenish Livestock Auction in Moses Lake last week, stocker and feeder cattle $9-10 lower. Trade moderate to active with moderate demand. Slaughter cows $1-2 lower. Slaughter bulls $11-12 lower. Trade moderate to active...

National Slaughter, Feeder and Stocker Cattle Report

- Slaughter cattle trade was on the decline again this week with sales $2-3 lower.

California Shell Egg Report

- Asking prices for next week are unchanged on Jumbo, $0.08 higher for Extra Large, $0.07 higher for Large and $0.02 higher for Medium and Small.

Western Grain Market Summary

- Bids for US 1 Soft White Wheat delivered to Portland in unit trains or barges during August were $0.09 to $0.10 per bushel higher, from $6.86-7.00, mostly $6.94.

Dairy producers critical of Calif. milk pricing bill

- California Department of Food and Agriculture Sec. Karen Ross has introduced proposed legislation through Assembly member Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, that would eliminate minimum pricing and pooling requirements on Class 4 mi...

Western Hay Market Report

- In the Columbia Basin, alfalfa for domestic and export markets steady to higher. Trade was moderate. Demand was moderate for domestic supplies but light for export buyers.

National Wool and Sheep Report

- Compared to last week slaughter lambs were steady to as much as $20 higher, mostly $10-20 higher.

First Idaho vineyard LIVE certified

- The first vineyard in Idaho to be Low Input Viticulture and Enology certified could lead to more vineyards and wineries in the state seeking the industry standard that verifies they are using good stewardship practices.

North Dakota winter wheat crop hurt by disease

- Elevators can blend the wheat with other types. North Dakota farmers are expected to produce 24.6 million bushels of winter wheat this year. That is only about 3 percent of the U.S. crop. North Dakota’s staple crop i...

Seed company sued by migrant workers in Michigan

- The suit alleged that the defendants housed the workers and their families “in mobile trailers and a renovated farm building, which failed to comply with state and federal health and safety requirements.”

Company recalls pesto pasta in small tubs

- The company says it is not aware of any reported illnesses from the pasta. The problem was discovered by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Biologists plan to re-collar wandering Oregon wolf

- A federal biologist plans to set foot-hold snares in the area of eastern Jackson County in hopes of capturing at least one of the animals so it can be fitted with a GPS-transmitting collar similar to the one used to track O...

Portland Daily Grain Report

- Bids as of 9:30 a.m. Pacific time; subject to change.

Earthquake shakes Napa Valley wineries

- The quake struck about six miles south of Napa and lasted 10 to 20 seconds depending on proximity to the epicenter, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Napa quake shatters olive oil shop, wineries

- The earthquake that struck near Napa, Calif., on Aug. 24 destroyed most of the inventory of a tasting room operated by noted Northern California olive oil producer Lucero Olive Oil and sent vintners scrambling to check thei...

Invasive insect threatens iconic Florida citrus

- In China, where it was first found, the disease is called huanglongbing. Translation: “the yellow dragon.” In Florida, it’s known simply as “greening.”

Producing top-quality fruit is ‘a process’

- For Robert and Karen Mills, growing and selling fruit that has a reputation for being the sweetest and juiciest in their area is "a process," they say. The couple is meticulous about every step, from planting and picking to...

Spring worries yield to solid raspberry crop

- Washington's red raspberry growers enjoyed high yields and high prices this year.

Key Williamson Act bill sent to governor

- A bill to maintain counties' flexibility in how they administer Williamson Act contracts has been sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for approval.

USDA to answer farm bill questions at meeting

- USDA officials will answer questions about the 2014 Farm Bill at a meeting Sept. 8 in Salinas, Calif.

Kids learn about agriculture at camp

- Farm Camp Minnesota gives kids not only a chance hunt for aphids, but walk among corn stalks, take tractor rides, see cows and calves, pigs, poultry and more.

Keeping family history alive after ‘librarian’ passes on

- Ryan Taylor writes about life in the country.

UI offers grass management clinic

- University of Idaho extension is offering a clinic on grass management in Salmon in September.

Regional Risk Management Agency office gets new director

- Ben Thiel is the new director of the USDA Risk Management Agency office in Spokane, overseeing Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Thiel helped to implement many insurance changes under the new farm bill.

Farm Rescue nonprofit nears another milestone

- Farm Rescue plants and harvests crops for farmers in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa and eastern Montana who have experienced an illness, injury or natural disaster. It’s been operating since 2006, supported by donation...

Feds weigh moving grizzlies into Washington state

- Federal authorities listed the grizzly bear as threatened in the lower 48 states in 1975 and ultimately designated five areas in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming to focus on boosting the population. A small population...

Deere to lay off about 460 from Iowa tractor plant

- The latest layoffs will happen at the company’s Waterloo, Iowa, operations. Last week’s announcement involved factories in East Moline and Moline, Illinois, as well as Ankeny, Iowa, and Coffeyville, Kansas.

GPS devices find huge water loss in western U.S.

- The sensors show that the earth’s crust has risen an average of 4 millimeters in the western United States since last year and as much as 15 millimeters in the California mountains.

Higher prices prompt increase in milk production

- High milk prices and lower feed costs grew U.S. milk production 4 percent in July over year-ago levels. Continued favorable margins are expected to boost production the rest of the year.

Portland Daily Grain Report

- Bids as of 9:30 a.m. Pacific time; subject to change.

Wildfire near Bakersfield nearly contained

- Some 200 residents under evacuation orders have been allowed to return home, all road closures have been canceled and smoke is no longer affecting nearby communities.

Washington wildfire burn scars turn into mudslides

- Sections of Highway 20 and Highway 153 near Twisp that were hit Thursday night remain closed Friday morning.

Scientists hope tiny robotic bee takes flight

- The intention is for RoboBee, about the size of a penny, to pollinate crops and perform other tasks, from military surveillance to searches.