Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Suspension of Winter Water Savings opens door to recharge

- The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has waived a requirement that Palisades Reservoir space-holders keep their canal gates shut through winter.

Wet weather harms some WSU variety trials

- Growers can ask to see variety test results from several locations, but the data from those sites shouldn’t be used to make planting decisions, said cereal variety testing program director Ryan Higginbotham.

USDA withdraws controversial GIPSA rules

- Livestock and poultry groups opposing the rules say the regulations would have greatly restricted marketing opportunities and devastated their industries.

Utility scrutinized as California wildfire victims sue

- The San Francisco-based utility said it would not speculate on causes of the fires and that it was cooperating with investigators.

Farms, vineyards assessing damage from wine country fires

- While many vineyards were spared by the fires that have devastated California’s wine country, some wineries and other farms are beginning to pick up the pieces after being flattened by flames.

Lawsuit: Supervisor threatened to strangle state worker

- The seven-page lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court seeks not less than $100,000 in damages plus attorney fees.

US agency withdraws rule aimed at protecting animal farmers

- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has killed a rule designed to protect the legal rights of farmers who raise chickens and hogs for the nation's largest meat processors

Inmates pitch in to help Idaho farm businesses

- Six Idaho agricultural businesses that face a critical worker shortage are using state inmates to help them grow, harvest and pack farm commodities. The author of the 2014 bill that created the program hopes to expand it du...

Up in smoke: Wildfires scorch California pot crop at harvest

- At least 31 marijuana farms were destroyed and many more damaged, according to the pot industry’s California Growers Association.

Washington Ecology proposes response to Hirst

- Washington Ecology requests funding to address Hirst decision

Southern Oregon megafire may help suppress devastating tree disease

- Sudden oak death has had ecological as well as economic consequences for the timber and plant nursery industries.

U.S. Wheat closing office in Cairo

- U.S. Wheat Associates is closing its office in Cairo, Egypt, spurred by the increased supply of lower-priced wheat from Russia. The organization will focus on wheat buyers in the region on a targeted basis.

Idaho’s biggest pumpkin weighs in at 1,400 pounds

- The pumpkin is on display at a popular corn maze in Meridian.

Survey reflects California labor shortage

- The California Farm Bureau Federation released its first labor survey in five years which shows a continuing shortage of workers for farmers with labor-intensive crops like tree fruit and wine grapes.

Montana man seeks US Supreme Court appeal on poaching case

- A Montana Crow tribe member found guilty of poaching an elk in northern Wyoming has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case

Idaho wary of Obama ‘leftovers’ working on sage grouse plan

- The Interior Department last week opened a public comment period to amend the plan concerning the chicken-size bird.

States offer training required by produce safety rule

- The FDA’s new produce safety rule requires at least one person from each covered farm to attend a approved, one-day training course. Those courses start net month in Idaho, Oregon and Washington and have already begu...

Walnut growers step up harvests before expected rains

- As the walnut industry is expecting a slightly smaller crop this year, some growers have rushed to finish before unsettled weather was expected to arrive on Oct. 19.

Oregon ranchers petition for Supreme Court review

- The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to review a dispute between Oregon ranchers and the Bureau of Land Management.

Washington FFA hosts summer conferences

- The Washington FFA Association held the Washington Agriculture Leadership Experience and District Officer Training Programs in Yakima in July, working to prepare students to enter the industry and lead their FFA districts.

Weather pushes wine grape harvest

- Wine grape harvest is probably 80 to 90 percent done in Washington but vineyards still picking are busy trying to beat forecasts of rain and colder temperatures. Washington’s harvest appears relatively normal compare...

Washington FFA hosts state officer leadership conference

- The Washington FFA Association hosted a national leadership conference for state officers this summer at the Washington State University campus in Pullman, Wash.

Washingon FFA chapters attend leadership conferences

- Three hundred students from Washington FFA chapters attended the 212 Degrees and 360 Degress leadership conferences in Grand Mound, Wash.

BLM experiments with ‘flexible’ grazing permits

- The Bureau of Land Management is taking applications from Western states to test outcome-based grazing, which enables ranchers to manage according to current conditions rather than rigid permit requirements.

New fires break out in California as wine country fires dim

- As fire crews gain on wildfires burning for more than a week in Northern California's wine country, new fires broke out in other parts of the state, including northeast of Los Angeles

Cheese prices take a breather

- Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week’s dairy industry news.

USDA approves Washington’s picks for crop grants

- USDA officially awards specialty crop grants to 20 Washington projects

USDA releases delayed dairy checkoff reports

- The annual mandatory reports to Congress were delayed due to USDA’s efforts to better evaluate dairy checkoff programs as they move away from traditional promotion programs, according to a spokesman for the agency.

Biologists on wolf watch in S. Oregon

- Tom Collom, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Klamath Falls district biologist, camped in a large field northwest of Fort Klamath. Each hour or so he emerged from the tent to listen for the telltale beep.

Israeli company works on robotic apple picker

- Companies in Israel and California are the only two in the world actively working on developing robotic apple pickers as a solution to a shortage of human pickers.

GMO Answers website attracts more than 2 million visits a year

- The seed companies that fund the website believe they are helping change the online conversation about the technology.

Canadian firm plans Oregon mushroom farm; 200 jobs projected


VALE, Ore. (AP) — Officials of Farmers Fresh Mushrooms were not looking to expand beyond Canada, but as the saying goes, one thing led to another, and now they are looking to start up a farm outside of Vale, proje...

TPP rejection overshadows Oregon trade trip

- Lack of clarity leaves U.S.-Japan trade in limbo, Gov. Kate Brown says.

Western Innovator: Improving crops, waterfowl habitat

- Marc Staunton’s family’s farm was among those that spearheaded the Walking Wetlands project.

Ag, economy to be emphasized in Idaho climate conference

- An upcoming conference about climate change will to be hosted at Boise State University, Idaho State University and University of Idaho.

Senninger Announces their New Website

- CLERMONT, Fla. – October 11, 2017 – We are pleased to announce Senninger’s new website: www.senninger.com. In addition to being more visually appealing, it provides customers with easier access to more con...

USDA temporarily suspends new CRP applications

- Rod Hamilton, farm programs chief for the USDA Farm Service Agency office in Spokane, said discussions about how to proceed are ongoing at the national level.

Project saved homes from fires, but can it be duplicated?

- Thinning of forests in central Oregon, where towns and subdivisions sit in a green ocean of Ponderosa and lodgepole pines, has saved homes amid one of the most devastating wildfire seasons in the American West

California fire victims return home as crews gain ground

- Fire crews battling wildfires in California's wine country are gaining ground and thousands of residents have gotten the OK to return home

After punishing drought, Montana ranchers sell calves early

- Stockyards have moved 6,000 animals more than they did during the same weeks in 2016.

Study: Preliminary data show cattle, sage grouse can coexist

- Early data from an ongoing Idaho grazing study planned to last a decade shows no harm to sage grouse on public lands caused by spring grazing.

Biologists finally collar wolf from Rogue Pack

- The breeding male of the Rogue Pack in Southern Oregon is OR-7, whose tracking collar provided details of his extensive travels after he dispersed from Wallowa County and into Northern California before returning to Oregon.

Farm Bureau highlights Washington farm’s labor shortage

- Washington vegetable farm featured in video on labor shortage

National wool and sheep review

- Heavy slaughter lambs were steady to 10.00 lower, light slaughter lambs were steady to sharply higher.

West Coast grain price report

- Bids for US 1 Soft White Wheat delivered to Portland in unit trains or barges during October for ordinary protein trended 14 to 24.50 cents per bushel lower compared to week ago prices for the same delivery period from 5.05...

California shell egg price report

- Asking prices for next week are unchanged for Jumbo, 14 cents lower for Extra Large, 20 cents lower for Large and 4 cents lower for Medium and Small.

Fluid milk and cream review — West

- Although farm milk seems to be currently more available in California, prices in the spot market remain slightly higher.

National feeder and stocker cattle report

- Steers and heifers sold mostly steady to 5.00 higher.

Western hay price report

- Export Alfalfa and Timothy steady in the Columbia Basin.

Ruling reinstates 23,000 acres as wild horse territory

- Over the objections of local ranchers, a federal appeals court has reinstated 23,000 acres of wild horse territory in California.