Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Outlook murky for port productivity proposals

- Doubts have been cast on the outlook of federal legislation intended to prevent port work slowdowns.

Cattle on feed up, marketings lower

- Increased cattle on feed numbers are more reflective of feedlots holding cattle longer rather than higher cattle supplies, given decreased marketings of fed cattle and lower slaughter levels.

Utah woman sues Starbucks for $2M over tainted coffee claim

- The woman believes the drink contained a cleaning solution used on coffee and espresso machines.

Panera shares jump on report of Q3 sales uptick

- Panera, based in St. Louis, has been making changes to its food, marketing and store design.

Portland daily grain report

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

Northern California wildfire contained after jumping line

- The flare-up Tuesday night chewed up about 400 acres before firefighters controlled it.

Opportunity knocks for U.S. dairy exports

- The world will need an additional 45 billion pounds of milk by 2020, offering a lot of opportunity for U.S. exporters. Consistency and the ability to withstand downturns will be key factors for success.

120 mph wind storm batters E. Montana

- Wind speeds were measured at 90 mph before the measurement instrument was blown off the roof of the airport and an airplane hangar was destroyed.

First sockeye salmon of year returns to Redfish Lake Creek

- To help the fish, biologists have trapped and trucked 37 sockeye this month from Lower Granite Dam in Washington to the Eagle Hatchery.

Idaho wilderness bill passes U.S. House

- The bill would create three new wilderness areas: the 138-square-mile Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness, the 142-square-mile White Clouds Wilderness and the 183-square-mile Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness.

Cranberry harvest hinges on fall rain

- Washington cranberry growers are enjoying the sunshine, but keepin their fingers crossed that rain is coming.

Former Idaho House Speaker Boyd dies at 86

- Tom Boyd farmed wheat and peas in the Genesee area and served on local boards before running for state office.

California fines 6 companies selling tainted produce

- The state has repeatedly found imported produce for sale in California that exceeds U.S. pesticide limits.

Grocery chain joins initiative on farmworker pay

- The company represents 780 supermarkets across the country and 50 million customers each month.

USDA expects to pay farmers $191 million for birds lost to flu

- Of the 211 U.S. commercial poultry barns affected by the bird flu, 90 have been cleaned and disinfected and nearly 70 are ready to bring in new birds.

Future unsure for troubled New Mexico green chile production

- Elad Etgar, inventor of a chile-harvesting device at an Israeli company, said he will be testing his machine for the next two months. A New Hampshire machine is also being tested.

State seeks solutions to shipping woes at Hermiston workshop

- Oregon shippers now pay an additional $500-$1,000 per container to send their goods to Seattle and Tacoma.

CNH Industrial profits down 55 percent in second quarter

- Agriculture revenues, which comprise about half of CNH sales, dropped 31 percent in the quarter to 3 billion euros.

Program aims to retain flood irrigation

- A grant aims to help producers in important wildlife areas in Idaho improve their flood-irrigaiton systems to benefit habitat.

Researchers credit almonds with lighter carbon footprint

- New research from the University of California-Davis credits almond production in California with having a lighter carbon footprint than other protein-based foods.

Experts offer pesticide alternatives in SWD fight

- Farmers will learn about alternatives to pesticides in the fight against the spotted wing drosophila during an Aug. 4 workshop.

Identifying grapevine fungus may help fight disease

- A master's degree graduate at Washington State University has been instrumental in identifying more fungal species that cause grapevine trunk disease.

Calif. navel orange production meets expectations

- Navel orange production in California finished the 2014-15 season at close to the 79 million cartons predicted in the National Agricultural Statistics Service's revised estimate.

Calif. citrus growers on edge following HLB discoveries

- Additional discoveries of the citrus disease huanglongbing in Southern California has prompted the University of California Cooperative Extension to urge growers to monitor their trees for symptoms. The university is engage...



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Former rancher creates rock with names of 105 old cattle brands

- A sandstone rock in Fairfield, Idaho, that has the logos of 105 cattle brands is catching the attention of the state's ranching industry.

Cash dairy market signals mixed

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

Farm Aid to mark 30th anniversary with concert in Chicago

- The first Farm Aid concert was in 1985 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. It has raised $48 million for programs that support farmers.

Portland daily grain report

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

Lawsuit blames insecticide for farm worker’s death

- The family of a deceased farm worker has filed a lawsuit blaming his terminal lung cancer on the pesticide aldicarb, which is produced by Bayer Cropscience.

Washington agriculture weighs impacts of piece-rate court ruling

- Washington's tree fruit industry and other labor-intensive agriculture are grappling with a state Supreme Court ruling requiring piece-rate workers be paid separately for rest breaks. The industry fears civil litigation may...

Arrests made in mink farm attacks

- U.S. mink production and prices are both up, and suspects have been charged in connection with 2013 attacks on mink farms, including one Idaho facility.

SuperValu may spin off Save-A-Lot into separate company

- SuperValu Inc. has been getting smaller in recent years, selling its Albertson’s, Jewel-Osco and other chains.

FDA bans some Mexican cilantro after feces found in fields

- The FDA announced the partial ban Monday after cilantro imported from the state of Puebla was linked to 2013 and 2014 outbreaks of stomach illnesses in the United States.

Wheat disease impacts Missouri crops

- The Wheat Belt has been hit by vomitoxin, which in higher concentrations causes feed refusal and poor weight gain in some livestock. Vomitoxin levels are high enough in much of the affected wheat that grain elevators won&#x...

More wildfires, less area burned in California

- So far this year, state firefighters have responded to nearly 3,900 blazes — a 41 percent increase from the same period last year. The fires have burned 28 percent less area than last year.

Worldwide strengthening El Nino giveth and taketh away

- Every few years, the winds shift and the water in the Pacific Ocean gets warmer than usual. That water sloshes back and forth around the equator in the Pacific, interacts with the winds above and then changes weather worldw...

Egg industry struggles to recover from bird flu

- Egg prices continue to rise as industry tries to recover from bird flu epidemic.

National Agri-Women president driving through Oregon

- The drive is intended to raise public awareness of the importance of American agriculture.

National wool and sheep summary

- In direct trading slaughter ewes were not tested; feeder lambs were $4-8 higher.

Selected West Coast hay prices

- Some areas of Oregon received rain this past week, with some hay suffering rain damage.

Selected West Coast grain prices

- Nearby bids for U.S. 1 Soft White wheat ordinary protein were not available this week, as most exporters were not issuing bids for July delivery.

Mid-year cattle inventory confirms expansion

- USDA's July 1 cattle inventory report verifies beef herd expansion with increases in beef cow and heifer repplacement numbers.

California shell egg prices

- Asking prices for next week are 40 cents higher for Jumbo, 55 cents higher for Extra Large, 53 cents higher for Large and 42 cents higher for Medium and Small.

National slaughter, feeder and stocker cattle report

- The downtrend continues in the feeder cattle markets as feeder cattle and calves traded unevenly steady to $5 lower early in the week turning mostly $7-10 lower from midweek on.

National slaughter, feeder and stocker cattle report

- The downtrend continues in the feeder cattle markets as feeder cattle and calves traded unevenly steady to $5 lower early in the week turning mostly $7-10 lower from midweek on.

Selected Western livestock auctions

- Stocker cattle less than 800 lbs. steady to weak at the Toppenish, Wash., Livestock Auction. Feeder cattle more than 800 lbs. firm to $3 higher.

Pheasant hunting as a successful ranch enterprise

- Columnist Doug Warnock discusses the latest topics in ranch management.

Capital Press sweeps newspaper contest awards

- The Capital Press recently swept its class in the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association contest.

Scientists and the public far apart on safety of GMO food

- Scientists and the public are far apart in their beliefs when it comes to assessing the safety of genetically modified crops.