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Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

‘Timely rains’ key for Northwest wheat crop

- Pacific Northwest wheat officials are optimistic about the state of the crop with moisture and relatively good prices. St. John, Wash., farmer Jeremy Smith says timely rains will help make for a good year of production.

IDWR to buy trout farm from Parks Dept.

- The Idaho Department of Water Resources has been directed by the state to buy a trout farm owned by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to protect the water rights. The parks department has been looking to sell the...

Tillamook taps into market for lactose, whey protein

- Tillamook recently finished a 65,000-square-foot expansion onto its cheese-making facility at the Port of Morrow near Boardman, Ore., to process lactose powder and a dried whey protein concentrate called WPC 80. The $90 mil...

Southern Oregon ranchers kill 500-pound black bear

- The state kill permit was issued after it was determined that a yearling heifer had been killed by a bear. Two days later, on April 4, Marie Leehmann was checking the cows when a bear ran out of the herd. Her son, Ryon, sho...

Obama to survey deadly Washington mudslide damage

- President Barack Obama is making a brief stopover Tuesday while on his way to the Asia-Pacific region for a four-country visit.

Lawsuit seeks to block sale of Oregon forest lands

- The lawsuit filed in Lane County Circuit Court in Eugene, Ore., contends a 1957 law prohibits the state from selling any portion of the Elliott that previously was part of a national forest.

Farm labor shortage reported in Washington

- An economist with the state Employment Security Department, John Wines, says the shortage was largely caused by the weather. There was little spring frost and orchards bloomed about a week earlier than last year, so growers...

Mass honey bee die-off at Sherwood

- Dead bees were found Sunday scattered along on Highway 99 at Sunset Boulevard near Sherwood, Ore. State Insect Pest Prevention and Management specialist Pat Mitchell says there are many theories but the state won’t k...

Family farm seeking public investors

- The company was founded in 1979 and is headed by Pete Taggares IV. It had sales last year of about $8 million. The company plans to list on the Nasdaq under the symbol TAG.

Only 3 seek restitution in tainted cantaloupe case

- The requests included doctor bills, attorney fees and funeral expenses.

McDonald’s profit slips amid weak sales

- The world’s biggest hamburger chain said sales at established U.S. locations fell 1.7 percent in the first quarter as guest counts fell.

Fungus threatening Florida’s avocado crop

- The laurel wilt fungus was first detected in northeast Florida’s Duval County in 2005. It moved rapidly through the state, striking Florida’s commercial production area in south Miami-Dade County in March 2012.

U.S. weighs curbing deportations

- The change, if adopted following a review ordered by President Barack Obama, could limit removals of people who have little or no criminal record but have committed repeat immigration violations such as re-entering the coun...

Biotech wheat talks make ‘some progress’

- Monsanto is making progress in negotiations with farmers who are suing the biotech developer over an unauthorized release of genetically engineered wheat.

Judge allows pesticide bee lawsuit to proceed

- A lawsuit over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regulation of "neonicotinoid" pesticides will proceed despite several legal arguments being rejected by a federal judge.

Corps OKs all but largest permit

- Permits for all but the largest orchard acreage have been approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for orchards southeast of Wenatchee, Wash., to get much-needed Columbia River irrigation water.

National wool review and sheep summary

- Slaughter lambs were mostly steady to $15 higher. Slaughter ewes were mostly steady to $5 higher. Feeder lambs were weak to as much as $30 lower.

Western hay markets

- In Washington and Oregon, demand remains good. Trade remains slow as most interests are waiting on new crop.

California shell egg prices

- Benchmark prices are steady. Asking prices for next week are 13 cents lower for Jumbo, 41 cents lower for Extra Large and Large and 35 cents lower for Medium and Small.

Western grain report

- Bids for U.S. 1 Soft White Wheat, delivered by unit trains and barges to Portland during April ended the reporting week on Thursday, April 17, at $7.6125-7.7625, mostly $7.7175.

Selected regional livestock auctions

- Stocker and feeder steers and feeder heifers steady.

National slaughter, feeder and stocker cattle report

- Record prices have leveled off the last couple weeks with the fed cattle market struggling to hold its ground and most of the more-aggressive stocker orders having been filled.

Aggressive shipping pushes fresh spud prices down

- New USDA numbers reflect a manageable U.S. fresh potato inventory through April 1, though experts say shipping seems to be a bit too aggressive given the supply.

Board directs railroads to deliver fertilizer

- The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has directed railroads to outline their plans to deliver fertilizer so farmers can use it to plant their crops. More work is needed to keep rail traffic flowing smoothly, says transport...

Late ‘rescue precipitation’ an uncertain savior

- Heavy snow and rain in March eased drought worries in much of the Pacific Northwest, and now water experts are wondering if such "rescue precipitation" has become the new normal.

Army Corps OKs irrigator permits

- Orchards southeast of Wenatchee, Wash., are extending Columbia River pipes to get much needed water after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved permits.

Thrips found on volunteer onions

- Thrips have been found on volunteer onions in fields in Eastern Oregon and Southwestern Idaho. Researchers are advising growers to control the volunteer onions before this year's onion crop begins to emerge.

Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

- A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early ...

Nonprofit’s Detroit agriculture work moves ahead

- RecoveryPark began construction Friday of a high-tunnel greenhouse in which more than two dozen varieties of herbs and vegetables will be grown for sale to local restaurants and markets.

Teen holds steak feed to help ranchers

- To raise money for the Rancher Relief Fund, a 18-year-old high school senior hosted a steak feed that raised about $3,600.

Kraft recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wiener

- The agency said the product labels are incorrect and do not reflect the ingredients associated with the pasteurized cheese in the cheese dogs. Those products were made with milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on t...

USDA establishes rural business investment program

- The USDA traditionally has offered guaranteed loans or direct loans for rural businesses. The creation of the Rural Business Investment Company is a new way for USDA to establish a licensing procedure that makes Farm Credit...

Changing water laws for people a matter of will

- Bruce Colbert writes on California's drought, and why it is occurring.

Range showdown draws armed supporters to Nevada

- The armed campers are still guarding Cliven Bundy’s melon farm and cattle ranch a week after a tense standoff between gun-toting states’ rights advocates and federal Bureau of Land Management police over a rou...

Public questions EOTEC project

- Public meetings this week provided an opportunity for Umatilla County residents to get a better picture of what the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center will look like.

Hawaii is genetically engineered crop flash point

- The tiny island state 2,500 miles from the nearest continent is so critical to the nation’s modern corn-growing business that the industry’s leading companies all have farms here, growing new varieties genetic...

Crater Lake’s annual snowfall gradually declining

- Crater Lake National Park averaged 460 inches of snow each year between 2000 and 2013 — much less than what the park got in the 1930s and 1940s, when the annual average was more than 600 inches.

U.S. Wheat says tight supply may boost price

- U.S. Wheat Associates is bullish on prices as U.S. wheat stocks are predicted to dip to their lowest levels in five years.

Idaho hop acres increase again

- Idaho hop growers are expected to produce about 400 additional acres in 2014, the result of increased demand for aroma varieties from the craft brewing industry.

Feds to investigate Mexican sugar dumping

- The U.S. Department of Commerce has agreed to investigate the alleged dumping of heavily subsidized Mexican sugar into the U.S. market.

Regional livestock auctions

- auctions

Western hay markets

- hay markets

Sacramento River agencies get boost in federal water

- Settlement contractors along the Sacramento River in Northern California will see a boost in planned federal water deliveries to 75 percent of normal, officials announced. State contractors without senior water rights will ...

Jerome High School expands ag offerings

- Jerome High School is expanding its ag education program to meet a growing need. This fall, the program will add eight new course, including upper-level animal science and food science, an additional instructor and an addit...

Rancher, conservationist Bud Purdy dies at 96

- Rancher and conservationist Bud Purdy, 96, died at his ranch on Silver Creek west of Picabo, Idaho, on Monday. Purdy was highly regarded as an early adopter and promoter of rangeland stewardship and rest rotation grazing.

Cattle markets

- cattle marekts

Egg markets

- eggs

Sheep and wool markets


Wool prices in cents per pound and foreign currency per kilogram, sheep prices in dollars per hundredweight (cwt.) except some replacement animals on per head basis as indicated.


(USDA Ma...

Potato markets

- spuds

Couple grows chestnut orchard in retirement years

- Chestnuts make a good niche crop for retirees.