Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Bayer CEO to address FarWest conference

- Far West Agribusiness Association holds its annual winter conference Dec. 8-10 in Kennewick, Wash.

Fire temporarily closes farm store in Walla Walla

- The Cascade Farm and Outdoor store in Walla Walla, Wash., is temporarily closed due to a Nov. 27 fire.

Opportunity grows in cider apples

- Oregon's new farmers include people such as Richard Hostetter, whose experience in international financial markets convinced him that agriculture is a good investment.

National feeder and stocker cattle report

- Feeder cattle and calf markets were not fully tested due to limited marketing during the Thanksgiving holiday week.

National wool review

- Domestic wool trading on a clean basis was at a standstill.

Northwestern grain market prices

- Forward month bids for soft white wheat ordinary protein were as follows: December not available; January, February and March $4.8750-5.38.

California shell egg prices

- Market activity is slow to moderate. Small benchmark price $2.31.

Central Oregon Livestock Auction report

- Steers: 300-400 lbs. $200-225; 400-500 lbs. $180-200; 500-600 lbs. $160-185; 600-700 lbs. $155-165; 700-800 lbs. $140-155; 800-900 lbs. $135-145.

Portland daily grain report

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

Strong salmon returns up Columbia River past McNary Dam

- Overall, 2.3 million adult salmon passed through Bonneville Dam near Portland, making it the second-strongest year on record for the entire Columbia Basin.

Idaho Power now counting fish population by drone only

- Idaho Power will use a program developed by the University of Idaho to analyze the drone video.

Advocacy groups in Montana, Idaho sue over forest plan

- The lawsuit alleges that Kootenai officials removed some waterway segments and added others after receiving objections from environmental groups. The result was an increase in the total mileage in the final plan, which did ...

‘12 Days of Christmas’ items top $34K, up 0.6 percent

- The investment firm decided to adjust the historic prices of turtle doves and swans after realizing the prices quoted by vendors didn’t reflect the birds’ overall value on the open market over the years.

South Korea parliament ratifies free trade pact with China

- The main opposition party was against ratifying a deal that would hurt agriculture and fisheries.

Deere lays off 220 employees, citing sales drop

- Commodity prices have declined over the past three years, leading to weaker sales of farming machinery.

H-2A provider increases bus inspections

- In light of fatal H-2A-worker bus accidents in other states, the largest provider of H-2A foreign guestworkers in the West is stepping up its inspections of transportation services it uses.

Calif. processors: Expand milk discussion beyond cheese

- California milk processors say the discussion of a federal milk marketing order for the state needs to include a better understanding of the entire milk chain.

Giant Idaho potato tour could roll on well past 2016

- Idaho Potato Commission board members have informally asked the public relations firm handling the Big Idaho Potato Truck to attempt to quantify its value. At the same time, they agreed the promotion is well worth the $750,...

Lawsuits could expand water rule impact

- Congressional members opposed to the EPA's new Waters of the U.S. rule will use an upcoming appropriations process to try to stop it, Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, told Idaho farm leaders in Boise Nov. 23.

Rain ends drought in Western Washington, federal monitors say

- The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that drought has receded with Western Washington awash in precipitation.

Barley yellow dwarf widespread in Idaho fall grain

- Barley yellow dwarf virus has surfaced again in Idaho fall grains, raising concerns about yet another season of high disease pressure.

ISU facility testing new food-safety technology

- A high-tech company based in Atlanta aims to address irridiate food to improve storage life, reduce pathogens and control pests, conducting its testing at Idaho State University.

Hay growers plan annual meeting in Clayton

- The Northeast Washington Haygrowers Association annual meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 5 in Clayton, Wash., roughly 25 miles north of Spokane.

Wolf researcher says Oregon management eventually will include hunting

- More than two dozen scientists ask U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - again - to take gray wolves off the endangered species list.

Idaho’s wine industry receives second AVA designation

- Idaho's wine industry has received its second American Viticultural Area designation. An AVA is a federally designated wine grape growing region that has distinct geographic characteristics.

Eleven months later, U.S. finally free of bird flu

- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has informed the world that America has purged itself of bird flu. Meanwhile, the USDA stockpiles vaccine in case the virus returns.

Cold Train amends lawsuit against BNSF

- An inoperative refrigerated rail service, Cold Train, renews litigation against BNSF after the original lawsuit was dismissed.

Calif. navel oranges sweet, plentiful amid bumper crop

- California navel orange growers are several weeks of the harvest of what is expected to be an 86-million-carton crop, as the sugar content has been high from the beginning of harvest and color and size are improving.

Give sage grouse plans a chance to work

- Taken together, we now have a paradigm shift for how the iconic Western landscapes will be managed. We will see more responsible grazing on all lands, especially public lands.

A tale of two wolf shootings

- Similar cases of shooting wolves in Washington state and Oregon should have similar outcomes.

Give thanks for a miraculous bounty

- Over the years we have become less thankful and take for granted the miracle of the bountiful harvest.

FAA plays Santa, not Grinch, to Christmas tree growers

- The FAA has reached a deal with Christmas tree growers that will allow them to continue to use helicopters during bad weather to pick their trees around Salem.

Following strong earns, Hormel announces 2-for-1 stock split

- The stock split, which would increase the number of shares to 1.6 billion from 800 million, requires shareholder approval.

Beef, long tops in Malheur County, now No. 1 in Oregon

- Ranchers running cow-calf pairs have done well recently because there have been fewer animals on the market.

Portland daily grain report

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

daho officials OK implementation of sage grouse plan

- The Idaho Land Board voted 5-0 to have the Idaho Department of Lands move forward with actions set out in the 82-page Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan.

Washington project ensures forest stores carbon for decades

- For every metric ton of carbon dioxide that the forest stores, project developers can sell a certificate for the same amount to willing buyers.

Group’s Food Network table grape ads cast wide demographic net

- The California Table Grape Commission is maintaining a unique partnership with the Food Network as the exclusive home for its advertising and marketing campaign.

Idaho team places fourth in national FFA contest

- The American Falls, Idaho, FFA chapter placed fourth nationally in an FFA agricultural issues competition, debating the merits of Idaho's former "ag gag" law.

Fresh food nutrition on industry’s radar

- Crop breeders say they've noticed a trend toward a greater emphasis on developing new varieties with enhanced nutrition in mind.

Ex-elk ranch employee charged with stealing elk semen

- The owners of Early Morning Elk Ranch say the suspect used their elk bull semen to inseminate elk cows at another farm and received $3,000.

19 people ill in E. coli linked to Costco chicken salad

- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said five people have been hospitalized and two have developed a type of kidney failure.

General Mills sets goal to buy all-cage free eggs by 2025

- Josh Balk, a spokesman for the Humane Society of the United States, said it’s a further sign that major food manufacturers recognize consumers are turning against the idea of confining food animals to cages.

Winter-like storm brings rain, snow to N. California

- A winter storm warning will be in effect through Wednesday afternoon.

EPA nixes approval of new weed killer for genetically engineered crops

- Enlist Duo was originally approved a year ago and is designed to be used with new strains of genetically modified corn and soybeans.

Urban farmers find that success leads to eviction

- Urban farms are being evicted from center cities across the nation.

Deere’s profit tops forecasts even as its sales fall sharply

- Deere has been hurt by weak commodity prices, which have made farmers less likely to buy new equipment, and falling oil prices has hurt sales of its construction equipment.

New wolf pack confirmed in northcentral Washington

- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has documented Washington's 17th wolf pack.

Conservis announces new software benefits for farmers


Minneapolis, November 23, 2015 – Customizable snapshot allows farmers to view farm operation data before heading out into the fields

BASF promotes the first Farm Network conference to discuss and exchange best practices for sustainable farming


LIMBURGERHOF, Germany, November 24, 2015 -- Today, BASF gathered experts from six Eu...