Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

NRCS encourages no-till farming in Sherman County

- Sherman County farmers can take advantage of NRCS funding for using no-till methods.

Forecast bodes well for Southern Idaho

- With Idaho irrigators drawing water earlier than ever before, Idaho water managers see hope for relief in a long-term weather forecast that has raised the chances of moisture.

Superior Farms’ lamb sliders a hit at the ballpark

- Superior Farms, the nation's largest lamb processor, is raising awareness about the meat by having it featured at San Francisco Giants and Sacramento River Cats baseball games. Lamb sliders are a hit with fans, a stadium of...

Officials seek farmers’ help in solving hay arsons

- The Grant County Sheriff's Office are advising farmers to report suspicious activity to stop a string of haystack arson in Quincy, Wash.

University of Idaho ag school open to partnering with BYU

- John Foltz, dean of University of Idaho's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, met with more than 30 people in Caldwell April 16 during an informal "coffee with the dean" meeting. Foltz said UI would be open to partne...

Owyhee Irrigation District farmers face another tough year

- The Owyhee Irrigation District has set the 2015 water allotment for its irrigation customers at 1.5 acre-feet and this year's water supply situation could be as bad and maybe worse than last year.

Turmoil in Yemen stalls 50,000 tons of PNW wheat

- Political turmoil in Yemen has stalled several container ships, including one containing about 50,000 metric tons of soft white wheat shipped from Portland. Yemen is a top importer of U.S. wheat, but its ranking is expected...

Gov. Inslee extends drought declaration

- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has expanded the drought emergency declaration to almost half the state.

Sheriff: 5 haystack fires near Quincy, Wash., were set

- Police investigate haystack fires.

Cities: California water reduction order unrealistic, unfair

- Cities are balking at California Gov. Jerry Brown's new water rules.

Sportsmen question orchard’s use of public land

- Future use of public land that's an elk and deer migratory path is discussed by orchardists, sportsmen and state officials.

Farm lobbyist cheers as fertilizer booted from oil train bill

- Nitrogen fertilizer gets untangled from the Legislature's reponse to the Bakken oil boom.

California grape acreage remains steady, survey finds

- Grape acreage in California remained fairly steady in 2014 despite drought conditions that caused a drop in yields, according to a survey by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Rise in Idaho farm deaths concerns OSHA

- Fatal accidents in agriculture have risen signficantly recently in Idaho, prompting concerns by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Washington senate honors Roseleip

- Longtime Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation president Dave Roseleip receives a full session resolution April 17 in the Washington State Senate for his years of service.

New McDougall apple line eight months into maiden season

- McDougall & Sons Inc., Wenatchee, Wash., is on the move with a huge new apple and cherry packing facility to keep up with its expanding orchards.

Orchard makes its own cider as a drawing card

- Cabalo Orchard makes its own cider as a drawing card.

Twin sisters turn heads on packing line

- Twin sisters live together and pack apples together. People can't tell them apart.

Twin sisters turn heads on packing line

- Twin sisters live together and pack apples together. People can't tell them apart.

Science backgrounds help organic farmers

- Sunnyslope Ranch is organic to make a statement, its owners say.

Brothers move from hop farming to distribution

- Bruce and Derek Wolf supply local and international hops to Oregon brewers.

Small apple orchard keeps owners busy

- Hard work makes family's U-pick apple orchard a success.

Orchardist uses unique tactics to overcome blight

- John Meye has replaced polenizer trees that were susceptible to Eastern filbert blight to reduce the spread of the disease in his hazelnut orchard.

Fruit farm embraces cutting-edge technology

- Darin Olson and his family are the fourth generation to farm 180 acres and adopt the latest technology for irrigation and other aspects of their operation.

Idaho receives fewer applications for specialty crop funds

- The Idaho State Department of Agriculture received 22 requests for specialty crop grant funds this year, 16 fewer than last year's record number.

Bill would require reduced farmland impact from transmission lines

- Transmission lines across farmland would be subject to greater scrutiny by county governments under a proposed bill in Oregon.

DOE rewriting rules for feedlot permits

- Washington Department of Ecology is rewriting rules for CAFO permits.

This orchard is a full-time job

- Northview Orchard in Buhl, Idaho, is a one-man operation.

Taste for cider prompts new varieties in orchards

- Cider apples catch on among Northwest orchardists who cater to the growing niche ofmaking hard cider.

Honeybee health a concern for many

- Honeybee health is linked to a variety of factors, including the amount of forage available after the blossoms are gone.

Olmsteads keep orchard in the family

- Four generations of the Olmstead family are a big part of the area's orchard history.

Mink industry inhumane

- Letter writer opposes raising mink for its fur.

A flood of missed opportunities, misguided policies

- Water that could have been conserved for us to use today was allowed to flow to the sea to benefit the delta smelt.

TPP trade agreements deserves our support

- Oregonians should urge their congressional delegation to support the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

Communication helps avoid battles

- New channels of communication are helping farmers and ranchers navigate difficult issues.

Two Oregon ballot measures offer recipe for chaos

- Two Oregon ballot measures serve as examples of why the initiative process is a bad way to make or change laws.

Potato growers plead for help with PCN regulations

- Potato growers in a federal quarantine area near Shelley, Idaho, have asked lawmakers for help from what they say are overly burdensome and mostly unnecessary regulations.

East Idaho grower tries new canola production method

- Koompin Farms in American Falls, Idaho, is taking a different approach to raising canola.

Wilbur-Ellis given OK to fly Oregon-made ag drone

- HoneyComb, the drone manufacturing company based in Wilsonville, was started by three young entrepreneurs from small Oregon towns.

Hazelnuts prove to be perfect crop for this farm

- Former corporate executives choose hazelnuts as the crop to grow on their family farm.

Apple family does it all and keeps growing

- The Brandt family controls fruit quality by doing everything, including packing, in house.

As demand for hops grows, so does importance of contracts

- The skyrocketing demand for hops from craft brewers means supplies will be tight. This means more brewers will be seeking contracts with hop growers.

Packer Orchards grow over a century

- The Packer family has expanded its orchard operation to include a variety of fruit. They also sell fruit and baked goods at its fruit stands and farmers' markets.

Orchard caters to kids and families

- A retired couple opens Candy Apple Orchard for school and family get-togethers.

City couple finds themselves in orchard

- David and Nicole Stewart left Philadelphia for rural California and a new adventure operating a fruit orchard.

House budget would fund study on spraying alerts

- House budget proposes study of how farmers could alert neighbors to pesticide applications.

Study: Oregon farmland value increased despite development restrictions

- Oregon's land use system has its critics, but a new study says farmland value has increased despite laws that limit development.

Owl conservation plans aid timber companies

- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a petition to reclassify the Northern spotted owl as endangered rather than threatened. Whether that will make a difference in regulation or recovery is anybody's guess.

Wind machines, heaters fend off frost in Washington

- Freezing temperatures early the morning of April 15 may have damaged tree fruit and wine grapes in Central Washington, but probably not as much as last November's freeze. Effects of that are just now becoming more evident.

Immigration action back in limelight

- A U.S. Court of Appeals hears arguments, April 17, on an injunction that stopped Obama's executive order to give work status to illegal aliens but the issue could take longer if it goes to the Supreme Court.