Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

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.

Be wary of rattlesnake encounters, WSU says

- Washington State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital reports anecdotal evidence indicating more rattlesnakes around, possibly due to a late spring.

Longtime Walla Walla sweet onion marketing committee executive director retiring

- Kathy Fry-Trommald, longtime executive director of the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Marketing Committee, retires June 29 after 17 years.

Walla Walla sweet onion harvest kicks off next week

- Walla Walla sweet onion farmers start harvesting their crop the week of June 12.

U.S. Wheat expresses concerns about import investigation

- The Commerce Department announced its investigation of steel imports in April. Findings could lead to a conclusion that protective duties on imported steel should be applied for national security reasons.

Perennial wheat on agenda for Lind field day

- The annual field day June 15 at Washington State University’s dryland research station in Lind, Wash., will cover perennial wheat, winter peas, falling numbers and applying Seattle biosolids as fertilizer.

USDA triticale crop insurance program coming

- The USDA Risk Management Agency will offer a pilot program for triticale crop insurance in select counties in Idaho, Oregon and Washington this year.

Farmers share a name — and a wealth of knowledge about wheat industry

- Meet Joe Anderson. He's a wheat farmer in Potlatch, Idaho.Meet Joe Anderson. He's a wheat farmer in Genesee, Idaho.Wait. What?

Pacific Northwest canola association forming

- Growers are forming a Pacific Northwest Canola Association to address regulations and restrictions in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

Weed develops resistance, impacts pulse, wheat crops

- Mayweed chamomile, also known as dog fennel, populations are becoming more resistant to the usual herbicide chemistries, a Washington State University weed science professor says.

Focus on results, not regulations, McMorris Rodgers says

- Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers held a farm bill listening session in Davenport, Wash., for farmers. She’d like to see federal agencies shift their approach from a process to getting the desired results.

Weather delays N. Idaho spring wheat crop

- Pacific Northwest wheat officials say good moisture and growing-degree days will help the crop catch up after planting delays.

U.S. Wheat: Trump budget would ‘gut’ overseas marketing

- U.S. Wheat Associates joins a new coalition of agricultural organizations to protect funding for two federal programs that fund overseas marketing.

Festival celebrates $20 billion impact of Columbia-Snake River system on commerce

- Farmers, port districts and other river users put on a family festival to inform the public of the importance of the Columbia-Snake River system.

Grain commission approves $6.33 million budget for next year

- Washington Grain Commissioners set $500,000 aside in their budget for falling number problems. The overall budget increased from $5.3 million the previous year to $6.33 million for the 2017-2018 year, which begins July 1.

Field trial tours tout canola in crop rotations

- Washington State University winter canola field tours will demonstrate to growers the benefits of including the oilseed crop in their rotations.

Kansas wheat farmers still assessing blizzard damage

- An estimated 1 million to 2 million acres of wheat in eastern Colorado, western Kansas and the northern Texas are at risk.

Washington FFA adviser departing

- Washington FFA adviser Rebecca Wallace was appointed in April to a position with the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. She will serve in both positions until a replacement is found.

R-CALF White House petition drive falls short

- R-CALF USA gathered 2,015 signatures of 100,000 needed to petition the White House to ban beef imports from Brazil and reinstate COOL.

Western Innovator: Building a market for triticale

- Ritzville, Wash., family starts raising triticale and rye to build own markets.

Washington FFA chooses new state officers

- Washington FFA members elected officers for the 2017-2018 year during state convention May 13 in Pullman, Wash.

WSU dryland research station reports record snow cover

- Washington State University’s dryland research station in Lind, Wash., had 76 days of continuous snow cover this winter. That’s pushed the station’s 97-year average up and puts it near the top in terms ...

Industry hopes for wheat yield increase as season progresses

- PNW wheat industry officials are hoping good moisture conditions will boost USDA yield projections for their crop.

Snow mold damage minimal, researchers say

- When Eastern Washington wheat farmers were hit with snow mold after an extended period of snow cover, they had to wait to see whether their crop would recover.

Students work to bring ag sorority to WSU

- Agriculture students at Washington State University are looking to establish a chapter of the agricultural sorority Sigma Alpha. Sophomore Allison Seeber said she’s received more interest than she expected.

Don Potts, WSDA grain inspection manager, passes away

- Services will be at 11 a.m. May 20 at St. John Vianney Church, 503 N. Walnut Road in Spokane Valley, Wash.

Growers follow U.S. wheat food aid to Africa

- A group of U.S. wheat industry representatives visited Tanzania in March to study “monetized” wheat used in food aid programs.

80 years later, great-grandkids follow in rancher’s footsteps

- Anna and Kaine Geddes said they showed steers to mark the 80th anniversary of their great-grandfather’s first time at the event.

It’s showtime for Junior Livestock Show participants

- Youths at the Junior Livestock Show of Spokane hope to break even after a rough winter.

Soilborne wheat mosaic virus on the rise in Walla Walla Valley

- Researchers have identified 16 fields that tested positive for the disease since March 5.

Blizzard worries western Kansas wheat farmers

- Up to two feet of snow buries crop that was five to six weeks from harvest.

Wet spring delays Washington asparagus harvest

- Washington asparagus farmers return to their fields after weather delays.

Family festival celebrates river system

- The Snake River Family Festival reminds the public about the benefits of the Columbia-Snake River system.

Dams avoid flooding across much of Pacific Northwest

- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is monitoring snowpack as it comes off the mountains.

NAFTA partners to renegotiate trade deal

- Renegotiating or ending NAFTA could have a huge impact on U.S. farmers, agricultural leaders say. Canada and Mexico are among their biggest customers.