Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Pest abatement expert aims to protect public from mosquitoes

- Idaho’s mosquito abatement districts created to deal with pests deemed a public health concern.

Colorado Company converts shredded trees to carbon product

- Biochar Now products have won the acclaim of producers of specialty crops such as berries, vegetables, grapes and citrus.

Governor declares drought emergency in eastern Montana

- Bullock says farmers and ranchers are feeling the effects after a winter of below-average rain and snow.

Eco-group billboard blitz to greet Interior chief in Montana

- Ryan Zinke is scheduled to address the Western Governors Association’s annual conference Tuesday in the town of Whitefish.

National feeder and stocker cattle report

- On Thursday it was announced that the U.S. would suspend beef imports from Brazil, mainly due to safety and health concerns.

National wool and sheep review

- At San Angelo, Texas, 6488 head sold.

West Coast grain price report

- Bids for US 1 Soft White Wheat delivered to Portland in unit trains or barges during June for ordinary protein trended 7.50 cents per bushel higher compared to week ago prices for the same delivery period at 4.8625-5.0625.

Hard choices loom as farms exit Conservation Reserve Program

- Umatilla and Morrow county wheat farmers are facing serious questions as land is set to expire from CRP.

Chinese trade mission gets a taste of the Northwest

- As the buying power of China’s middle class expands, consumers are seeking the kind of healthy and high quality food and drink produced in the Pacific Northwest.

California shell egg price report

- Demand is moderate to good while some distributors secure shell eggs in advance of the upcoming 4th of July holiday.

Fluid milk and cream review – West

- Some impacts of the cold, wet winter may have lingered through the remainder of cow lactations, but warmer weather is helping milk production recover.

Western hay price report

- Exporters remain very aggressive for new crop Timothy in the Columbia Basin.

County, Azure Farms reach agreement on weed control

- The issue riled up a rural Oregon county and brought it unwanted attention on social media.

Judge reverses key ruling in $1.4 billion timber class action

- A judge has reversed a key ruling in a $1.4 billion lawsuit over Oregon’s timber management practices.

Tobacco virus found in Washington wine grapes

- A Washington State University virologist says mystery vineyard virus is first discovery of Tobacco Ringspot Virus in the Pacific Northwest.

Total solar eclipse casts spotlight on rural Oregon town

- Madras is predicted to be among the country’s best viewing spots because of its clear, high-desert skies.

Idaho county passes Emergency Declaration ahead of eclipse

- County commissioners passed the declaration so they could ask the state for assistance in case more resources are need.

Kids today: They don’t work summer jobs the way they used to

- For many, not working is a choice. For some others, it reflects a lack of opportunities where they live.

Rolling sequoia: Idaho tree tied to John Muir set for move

- A massive sequoia sent to Boise as a small seedling by naturalist John Muir more than a century ago is now in the way of a hospital's expansion and plans are to move it two blocks away to city property

In major blow to Brazil, US suspends meat product imports

- The decision came three months after a major scandal into allegations of bribed meat inspectors shook Brazil’s meat industry.

US officials to lift Yellowstone grizzly bear protections

- The final ruling by the Fish and Wildlife Service to remove Yellowstone grizzlies from the list of endangered and threatened species will give jurisdiction over the bears to Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

California beehive heists lead to felony charges

- The men charged with possessing more than 1,200 stolen beehives could each spend more than a decade in jail if convicted.

Tour offers update on research progress

- The University of Idaho updated industry members on the wide array of research taking place this summer at the Kimberly Research and Extension center.

UI research initiatives support animal agriculture

- Agricultural research at the University of Idaho is disproportionately geared toward plant-based agriculture, given a big shift to livestock production in the state, but efforts are afoot to transform the college of agricul...

Field day offers tips for potato growers

- The Hermiston Agricultural Research and Experiment Station held its annual potato field day Wednesday.

House members urge Trump to renegotiate Columbia River Treaty

- Four Washington and three Oregon members of Congress ask President Trump to start negotiating with Canada for an updated Columbia River Treaty.

WSU extends search for new CAHNRS dean

- Washington State University will not extend an offer to the single candidate who interviewed for the dean position at the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences.

Idaho Wheat Commission budget includes $210,000 for falling number research

- The Idaho Wheat Commission’s fiscal year 2018 budget includes $210,000 for five research projects aimed at helping solve the low falling number issue in wheat. At $3.18 million, the 2018 budget is down 6 percent from...

Study links legalized pot with increase in car crash claims.

- Insurance companies found several possible factors at play in the spike including distracted driving through texting or cellphone use, road construction and marijuana use.

Oregon joins states where roadkill can be harvested for food

- About 20 other states also allow people to take meat from animals killed by vehicles.

Bark beetles getting worse, forester says

- Bark beetles are more active due to drought stress from several years ago, says University of Idaho Extension family forester Chris Schnepf.

Pasture program capitalizes on giving dairy cows room to roam

- Glanbia Nutritionals has helped Eastern Idaho dairymen earn a premium through a unique niche that produces pasture-based milk for cheese.

Mills chosen for produce industry leadership program

- Mackenzie Mills, with River Point Farms, has been chosen for the 2017-18 United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program.

Idaho Wheat Commission right on royalties

- Farmers want the University of Idaho to plow most wheat royalties into the breeding program.

Washington apple industry’s new super star

- The Cosmic Crisp has all the makings of a super star and will replace Red Delicious and other varieties whose popularity has flagged in recent years.

Renewable Fuels Standard should be protected

- For the good of the agricultural community, I urge Oregon leaders like Congressman Greg Walden to please join us in protecting the partnership between our industry and Oregon biofuel leaders like Pacific Ethanol.

Oregon company sees bright future in tall wooden buildings

- Freres Lumber is building a new plant to make mass plywood panels.

Ranchers fume as ‘Rainbow Family’ set to camp on federal land in Oregon

- Allowing thousands of make-shift campers on sensitive habitat doesn’t sit well with ranchers who must follow strict grazing rules.

GE developers should be held accountable

- There is no way HB 2739 would stop the sales or production of Roundup Ready crop varieties, they are just too lucrative for the companies making and selling them.

U.S. dairy gains more access to China

- U.S. dairy companies that have been frozen out of the Chinese market while a new registration process was being developed will soon have the opportunity to register for access.

Military Airstrips Are Poisoning People’s Wells

- Washington state’s plan to deal with the water supply problem is six years behind schedule.

Extreme heat making wildfire battle tougher in Southwest US

- Temperatures in parts of Arizona, California and Nevada soared to nearly 120 degrees this week.

Lawsuit seeks reassessment of predator control program

- The suit says new studies have questioned whether killing predators protects livestock.

WSDA picks projects for USDA money

- Washington picks speciality crop projects for USDA funding

Oregon wineries, food processors oppose proposed work week limit

- Oregon’s wineries and food processors oppose a bill that would limit work weeks to 72 hours, arguing it would hinder periods of peak production.

Study: Drought, price slide took toll on NE California ag economy

- Agricultural production in northeastern California was worth about $4.2 billion in 2015, down by nearly 9 percent from the previous year, according to a California State University-Chico researcher.

Forestry officials fretful of flammable cheatgrass outbreak

- A wet winter and spring has led to taller, thicker patches of the grass.

International pear group talks varieties, high-tech packing

- The Interpera Congress discussed pear varieties, high-tech pear sorting and sizing and related topics at a two-day meeting in a top pear region of the world, Washington’s Wenatchee Valley.

Fleet of aircraft helps crews fighting California wildfire

- Crews are contending with another day of oppressive heat as they try to beat back a 1,200-acre wildfire in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner joins call for emergency CRP haying and grazing

- The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows all of North Dakota being either abnormally dry or in some stage of drought.