Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Study: $87 million in rain damage to Idaho alfalfa

- A new University of Idaho Extension report suggests $87 million is a conservative estimate of Idaho's hay crop losses due to rain damage this season.

Fairs may be first to go if WSDA must cut budget

- If the Washington Department of Agriculture must cut spending, it proposes to eliminate funding for fairs and cutting assistance to food banks.

Six fields eligible for spud planting following clean testing

- Six more Eastern Idaho farm fields that had been contaminated with pale cyst nematode are now eligible to be planted back in potatoes.

Allotment tour set to highlight regulatory issues

- Ranchers in the Salmon-Challis National Forest and Idaho Farm Bureau Federation have scheduled a tour of an allotment that was closed a month early, hoping to start a dialogue about improving federal range management decisi...

Ag helps fuel Idaho’s economic growth

- Idaho's gross state product grew at one of the fastest rates in the nation last year and a strong performance by the state's agricultural sector helped fuel that growth. The growth was highest in the state's rural counties,...

USDA chief announces funding during Va. visit

- The funding will be made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Michigan woman’s service dog detects gluten

- Willow is one of just a handful of service dogs in the United States trained to detect gluten — a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye.

Portland daily grain report

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

California’s water agencies look to budget water

- Water agencies must be careful with tiered rates or they may violate Proposition 218, which allows water agencies to only charge for the cost of water service.

Idaho’s wildfire season ends after tame summer

- None of the wildfires in Idaho grew to more than 156 square miles, which bucks a three-year trend the state held as having some of the nation’s largest and highest-priority wildfires since 2010.

University of Hawaii seeks permit for wasps that eat fruit flies

- The wasp is the size of a gnat and is originally from Kenya.

EPA releases ‘Salmon Mapper’ for 12 pesticides

- The Environmental Protection Agency has compiled an online map to help farmers determine restrictions for 12 commonly used pesticides.

Unauthorized GMO wheat in Montana

- USDA said more biotech wheat was found at a former field trial site in Montana but it's unrelated to a 2013 unauthorized release in Oregon. The agency has ended its investigation into the Oregon incident without firm conclu...

Inslee adviser gets frosty reception from carbon tax skeptics

- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's policy director outlined the potential benefits of a state carbon tax before a Senate committee, but senators said they were skeptical.

Farmers, schools taste potential partnerships

- Farmers and school work together to showcase healthy eating and Washington agriculture on Taste Washington Day. But it's challenging to make the relationship last for more than a day.

Portland daily grain report

- Bids as of 12:00 p.m. Pacific time; subject to change.

Calif. strawberry crop on pace for record

- With its peak season drawing to a close, strawberry production in California is still on a pace for its eighth record-setting year in the last nine seasons.

Chiquita, Fyffes alter merger agreement

- Shareholders of Chiquita Brands International Inc. will own nearly a 60 percent stake in the combined company under the revised all-stock deal, up from about 51 percent.

Onion quality above normal in Treasure Valley

- Onion harvest in Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon is halfway done and farmers are reporting slightly lower yields but excellent quality.

Worrisome weed could threaten Upper Midwest crops

- The weed some officials refer to as “Satan” has moved into the Midwest from cotton country, and was discovered in western Iowa soybean fields last year. It’s native to desert regions of the southwest U....

Forest Service: Media don’t need permit in wilderness areas

- Press advocates criticized the proposed rules as a violation of the First Amendment, saying it raises concerns about press freedom.

Outlook bright for livestock, dairy

- An economic outlook by University of Missouri's FAPRI projects high prices for the livestock and dairy sectors and lower prices for the grains and oilseed sectors, resulting in livestock receipts eclipsing crop receipts in ...

Solar project proposed in central Idaho

- The project would produce about 1.1 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 160 homes.

Wyoming governor says state has presented wolf solution

- The governor responded Wednesday by ramrodding through an administrative rule making the state’s wolf plan legally binding. The Wyoming Attorney General’s Office has asked the judge to reconsider her decision ...

UC-Davis to build solar plant to serve campus

- The project is touted as one of the largest solar power plants to offset the electricity demand of a U.S. university or college campus.

Portland daily grain report

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

Trailer of rotten chicken towed to landfill

- The trailer might have been sitting at the Flying J Truck Stop west of Missoula for a month before it was discovered.

Umatilla, Morrow Co. spud growers happy with harvest

- Oregon spud growers expect above average harvest.

California may restrict common pesticide

- Joel Nelson, president of the California Citrus Mutual, said that because somebody misused the pesticide, everybody shouldn’t be punished with restrictions. Nelson said regulators in Sacramento want to apply a ȁ...

Rain helps reduce threat from California wildfire

- The blaze was 55 percent contained and showed no growth after burning almost 150 square miles and destroying a dozen homes near the town of Pollock Pines.

Northwest leads nation in wildfires in 2014

- That’s fewer than the 10-year average of 3,877 fires, but nearly triple the 10-year average of 452,039 acres.

Interior secretary visits Oregon sage grouse project

- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement that she is encouraged by the collaborative spirit she is seeing.

La. firm recalls frozen chicken breast strips

- The product was processed on Aug. 5, and then shipped from the company’s plant in Farmerville, Louisiana, to retail warehouses.

Texas beef packer recalling meat over possible E. coli

- The USDA says the products subject to recall are lots that tested negative, but were produced consecutive to the positive lots and were subsequently processed into raw ground products and distributed to retailers.

USDA details new risk-based farm payment programs

- Vilsack said farmers can sign up as soon as Sept. 29 but he expects they will take several months to research their options, talk with advisers and use online calculators to determine their best choices.

Comments sought on plan to increase Cle Elum Reservoir

- Washington state and the federal government are seeking public comments on a plan to raise the maximum level of Cle Elum Reservoir. It is part of a broader Yakima River Basin plan to increase the amount of water for fish,...

Rain helps bolster river flows

- Low flow in the Wenatchee River caused the first water restrictions in several years, but rain may change that. Growers are more concerned with finding pickers.

GMO test slows hay exports to China

- U.S. hay exporters are watching an important growth market, China, dry up following tests that showed trace amounts of GMO alfalfa in shipments. Officials from the USDA, China and GMO developer Monsanto are meeting to discu...

U.S. Senate passes bill resolving Blackfoot land dispute

- The U.S. Senate has passed a bill to resolve a long-standing land dispute between Blackfoot, Idaho, farmers and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

Couple teaches fourth-graders about Boer goats

- A Boer goat demonstration was among more than a half-dozen lessons that Northern California fourth-graders received during an agricultural education day Sept. 24 at the fairgrounds in Anderson, Calif.

Washington blueberries look to extend record streak

- Washington blueberry growers expect a record-setting crop for an eighth straight year. Prices have fallen since 2011's lucrative crop, but farmers say that means blueberries going into more products.

Network alerts Idaho, Oregon growers to outbreaks

- A pest alert system created by university researchers has kept Southern Idaho and Eastern Oregon growers up to date on disease and pest outbreaks. The free network has 1,200 subscribers but researchers say it should have a ...

Federal judge keeps prairie chicken lawsuit in Tulsa

- The attorneys general of Oklahoma, North Dakota and Kansas filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service claiming the federal agency improperly reclassified the lesser prairie chicken.

Logger killed while felling trees in Oregon

- The logger had been working on Weyerhaeuser property located between the two forks of Green Timber Creek in northwestern Oregon.

Wyoming governor asks court to reverse wolf ruling

- The federal judge's order was the latest setback for Wyoming, which has been stymied over the years in attempts to gain control of its wolf population.

It’s time for DOL to pay up

- The federal government demands payment in full when it assesses fines. But now that the courts have set aside"hot goods" settlements between Oregon blueberry growers and the Department of Labor, the government says it can't...

Portland daily grain report

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

Researcher serves farmers well

- Researcher serves farmers well.

Calf with ‘7’ on its head named for Steelers player

- A calf was named “Baby Ben” after the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback because it has a number “7” on the head.

Beekeeper learns from his mistakes

- The Midwest has largely missed the colony collapse disorder, a mysterious malady that has decimated bee populations elsewhere. The reason, this beekeeper says, is less stress.