Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

California Egg Report

- Benchmark prices are steady. Asking prices for next week are unchanged on Jumbo, 8 cents higher for Extra Large and Large and 1 cent higher for Medium and Small.

National Slaughter, Feeder and Stocker Cattle Report

- Record prices have leveled off the past few weeks but it’s hard to call demand any lighter as cattle buyers remain very active and optimistic for all classes of feeders.

Western Hay Report

- In the Columbia Basin, alfalfa for domestic and export was steady to $30 lower. Trade was moderate to active. Demand light to moderate as most of the northern trade area received thunderstorms and rain this past week.

National Wool and Sheep Reports

- Slaughter lambs were steady to as much as $30 higher, mostly $10-20 higher.

West Coast Grain Market Report

- Bids for US 1 Soft White Wheat delivered to Portland in unit trains or barges during August were $0.12 to $0.14 per bushel higher, from $7 to 7.12, mostly $7.07.

Selected Western Livestock Auctions

- Trade was very active with very good demand at the Toppenish Livestock Auction in Moses Lake, Wash.

Avocados catch on in Japanese marketplace

- Japan is importing more U.S. avocados than ever.

Tours offer up-close look at working forest

- In addition to the weekly tour, which Starker Forests operates from mid-June to mid-September, the company provides special tours for elementary school classes and other interested groups on other days of the week.

Yields vary as Calif. stone fruit harvests near end

- As the harvests of stone fruit in California are wrapping up, growers say the quality of the fruit is excellent but some varieties' yields are down. The picking of other summer fruit is ongoing.

California mushroom production in decline

- The volume of Agaricus mushrooms sold in California declined 14 percent in the commodity's most recent season, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Ranchers argue against moving flock off grazing lands

- The Stevens County Cattlemen's Association says moving Hunters, Wash., rancher Dave Dashiell's sheep out of land where the rancher has a grazing contract to protect the herd from wolves would threaten private property righ...

OSU looks at possible remediation for water rule

- Oregon State University researchers are experimenting with different ways to help onion growers in the Treasure Valley area deal with possible new federal rules that would limit how much generic E. coli bacteria can be pres...

Giving triticale a chance

- A handful of farmers in the Pacific Northwest are raising triticale for forage and for grain. If crop insurance were available for the blend between durum wheat and rye acreage would "skyrocket," says Howard Nelson with Ce...

Thai worker settlements with Hawaii farms at risk

- The agency announced in June that it had reached settlement agreements with four Hawaii farms over allegations that they exploited workers, but EEOC attorneys disregarded the judge’s instructions on filing the propos...

USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

- The snails have not yet progressed into any of Florida’s rich agricultural areas. The snails eat 500 types of plants, including most row crops and citrus, so keeping them away is an important investment for the state...

Vast Northern California wildfire keeps surging

- The lightning-sparked fire near the Oregon border had forced the evacuation of people in as many as 250 scattered rural homes and other buildings by late Thursday.

California counties ask to form separate state

- Six counties have so far approved plans to pursue secession, either through elected officials or at the ballot box, and supporters plan to submit more petitions in the coming months.

Environmental groups seek wolf rules

- The environmental groups say the state wildlife managers shouldn't be allowed to kill wolves that are listed as endangered.

Onion and Potatoes Market Report

- Idaho Falls shipping point prices as of Aug. 28.

Intermountain Grain & Livestock Report

- Idaho Farm Bureau Intermountain Grain and Livestock Report for Thursday, Aug. 28.

Smoke lessens from wildfires in Oregon Cascades

- The forecast calls for lower temperatures and higher humidity that should help firefighters.

Feds jail ginseng poacher as wild plants face risk

- As prices continue to skyrocket, more people are traipsing through national forests, state parks and even private property to hunt ginseng, leaving the plant’s survival in doubt.

West Nile Virus found in Michigan horse, turkeys

- An 8-year-old horse from Grand Traverse County tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus this month, as did a small turkey flock.

Wisconsin cranberry industry woos Chinese buyers

- Wisconsin hosted a group of potential buyers from China this past week to talk to local cranberry farmers and tour facilities.

Highest number of North Dakota bee colonies ever

- Somed 221 beekeepers have registered 510,000 colonies this year, compared to 205 beekeepers registering 482,500 colonies last year.

Capital Press calendar of events

- A listing of events that are of interest to Capital Press readers.

Lawmaker criticizes how Carlton Complex fire was fought

- Washington Rep. Joel Kretz, of Wauconda, would like to see the state Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee hold hearings to review the handling of the Carlton Complex fire.

GMO initiative recruits farmers to dispel myths

- Potato farmers are being sought to help a year-old organization formed to educate the public about genetically engineered crops answer questions from consumers.

Vancouver port taps North Dakota for new customer

- The Port of Vancouver, Wash., will lease 50 railcars to haul North Dakota farm commodities to the Columbia River port.

WSU to discontinue annual Seattle football game

- The Washington Beef Commission is evaluating future marketing relationships with Washington State University football as the university discontinues its annual game in Seattle. WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos, a Valleyf...

Federal government lists Oregon spotted frog as threatened

- Grazing occurs alongside Oregon spotted frog habitat, a federal biologist said that can actually benefit frogs if not over-done.

Judge rules against county GMO regulations

- A court ruling on genetically modified organism regulations in Hawaii's Kauai County may have implications for other litigation over biotech crops.

Visit offers Alabama livestock at its best

- Columnist Doug Warnock travels to Alabama for a look at how they ranch in the South.

Utah State team wins new dairy product contest

- Food science students at Utah State University have developed a a sourdough starter product using acid whey from Greek yogurt production. The product earned them top honors and $10,000 in Idaho Milk Processors' annual new ...

Grant allows Nyssa ag program to build greenhouse

- A $25,000 grant from Monsanto Corp. will allow the small farming community of Nyssa, Ore., to build a modern greenhouse that will include the advanced equipment necessary to allow the high school's ag education students to ...

National labs a boon to agriculture

- National laboratories have had an impact on every farmer and rancher.

Hetch Hetchy lawsuit tests environmental tactics

- A federal lawsuit demands the National Park Service apply the same environmental laws to San Francisco's water supply that has been used to deny California farmers irrigation.

Trade treaties threaten farmers

- Trade agreements are dangerous for U.S. farmers.

‘Champions of Change’ set a high bar

- The White House honors Champions of Change in agriculture.

Portland Daily Grain Report

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

Rural Colorado county approves first hemp greenhouse

- The goal of the greenhouse will be to develop a stock of hemp seed suited to growing in Colorado.

Panel backs $1.25M for drone research in Nevada

- Nevada was named last year as a national testing site for the new technology, known formally as unmanned aerial vehicles.

USDA launches new dairy insurance program

- The new insurance pays farmers when the difference between milk prices and feed prices shrinks to a certain level.

Iconic Klamath bucket moved from county building

- Opinions about where the bucket should reside vary, even among the county commissioners.

California environmentalists decry feds’ fire plan

- The highly awaited decision released Wednesday will allow logging on 52 square miles of forests blackened in the Rim Fire, which burned 400 square miles of the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park’s bac...

Michigan peach crop suffers after harsh winte

- Michigan's peach crop will be down about 50 percent from last year.

Agco laying off employees in Hesston

- The company blamed the layoffs on a reduced demand for agricultural machinery, caused by lower farm incomes.

Edible insects a boon to Thailand’s farmers

- Some 30 families in a Thai village raise mounds of the profitable crisp and crunchy critters in their backyards, satisfying a big domestic appetite for edible insects, and a slowly emerging international one.

Judge won’t stop water for Klamath salmon

- The judge ruled that the potential harm to salmon from drought conditions right now outweighs the potential harm to farmers next year.

County fights lonely battle against pest

- Twin Falls County is the only county in Idaho taking measures to control black flies, tiny bugs that bite, measure a sixteenth of an inch and have a range of 20 or 30 miles.