Matthew Weaver

Washington/Idaho Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

U.S. Wheat hires new technician for South America

- A new technician position in South America will help increase market demand for all U.S. wheat classes. Andres Saturno joined the team July 9.

As harvest gets underway, Northwest wheat crop looks ‘superb’

- Pacific Northwest wheat leaders says they are optimistic. Early reports indicate average yields or higher and slightly higher prices compared to last year.

Outlook ‘cautiously optimistic’ for low falling number in wheat

- USDA research plant molecular geneticist Camille Steber says she is cautiously optimistic about the prospects of falling number in this year’s Pacific Northwest wheat crop. Steber is testing wheat samples for suscept...

New U.S. Wheat chairman: Trump thinking about farmers’ best interests

- President Donald Trump has wheat farmers’ best interests at heart, new U.S. Wheat chairman Chris Kolstad of Montana says. But growers are not as patient as Trump because their livelihoods are at stake, he says.

Shepherd’s Grain brings farmers, customers together

- Manager Mark Swenson says he expects demand for the company’s flour to increase.

New aphid’s presence grows in Northwest

- The wheat grass aphid is the most abundant aphid in the Pacific Northwest.

Washington AgForestry Foundation seeks more farmers

- Kara Kaelber, facilitator of Wheat Week, will join the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation as program manager July 23.

Drought increases problems for forest managers

- Drought exacerbates other forest problems, says Washington State University Extension forester Andy Perleberg.

Western Innovator: Helping ranchers deal with wolves

- Jay Shepherd is working to help ranchers deal with wolves from the ground up.

Hessian flies on the rise in Washington spring wheat

- Hessian fly is on the rise in Washington spring wheat varieties. Washington State University spring wheat breeder Mike Pumphrey urges farmers to plant resistant varieties.

Columbia River talks center on keystone of region’s economy

- Negotiations began in May on Columbia River Treaty.

Fusarium head blight hits irrigated wheat fields in Columbia Basin

- Washington Grain Commission member Dana Herron said he’s primarily seeing damage in dark northern spring wheat, the highest-priced wheat class.

USDA adds full-time falling number researcher

- Federal funding will pay for a full-time USDA Agricultural Research Service position to study falling numbers at Pullman, Wash.

WSU to break ground for new plant science building

- The $52 million-plus research building will be completed in the year 2020.

New WSU ag dean: ‘I hope this is my forever home’

- André-Denis Wright, new dean of Washington State University’s College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, spoke to farmers during the Lind Field Day at WSU’s dryland research station.

Longtime Spokane truck company closes after 50 years

- Arlo Huber & Son Inc., in Spokane Valley, Wash., closed its doors May 31 after 50 years. Owner Mark Huber says it’s harder to find drivers, more customers are buying their own trucks or relying on grain trains.

Crunch time: When combines go rogue

- Longtime Lind, Wash., event means survival for small town.

Miller ‘right chairman at right time’ for U.S. Wheat

- Ritzville, Wash., wheat farmer Mike Miller winds up several years of leadership at the Washington Grain Commission and U.S. Wheat Associates with the U.S. Wheat annual meeting in Seattle.

Ranchers will ask Trump, Congress to reinstate COOL after lawsuit dismissal

- Ranchers say they will ask the Trump administration and Congress to reinstate country of origin labeling after a federal judge dismissed their lawsuit against the USDA but found evidence the lack of labeling had damaged the...

State FSA leader to ranchers: Have faith in Trump

- Brian Dansel, executive director of the Washington state office of USDA Farm Service Agency, asked ranchers to keep their faith in President Donald Trump during a Spokane County Cattlemen meeting in Airway Heights, Wash. Tr...

Walla Walla sweet onion harvest kicks off this weekend

- Walla Walla sweet onion harvest starts this weekend, says Michael J. Locati, chairman of the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Marketing Committee.

Washington Grain Commission approves $6.33 million budget

- Washington Grain Commission board members boosted funding for marketing to address potential trade uncertainty.

Wheat enters risk period for starch damage in late June

- Big temperature fluctuations are a risk to wheat when it enters the flowering stage in late June to mid-July.

U.S. Wheat on tariff turmoil: Patience starting to run out

- U.S. Wheat Associates Chairman Mike Miller, a Ritzville, Wash., farmer, says the wheat industry is vulnerable to retaliation from overseas buyers. “We don’t have a single gun in the fight.”

First Columbia River Treaty talks ‘very productive’

- The next round of negotiations will be next August in British Columbia.

Podcasts another way for farmers to tell their story

- Podcasts can reach other farmers — and an urban audience.

Farmer says geese cause $10,000 in wheat damage

- Othello, Wash., farmer Ross Fox estimates geese caused $10,000 in damage to his wheat crop, drawn to a swampland created by a leak in nearby U.S. Bureau of Reclamation canals.

Feds study options for managing dams on Columbia, Snake rivers

- The agencies are weighing 13 options in an effort to develop a preferred alternative.

New CAHNRS dean to meet growers at Lind Field Day

- André-Denis Wright will meet with growers during Washington State University’s annual field day June 14 at the dryland research station in Lind, Wash.

Wheat Marketing Center seeks new technical director

- The Wheat Marketing Center in Portland is looking for a new technical director. Gary Hou departed April 30 after more than 22 years with the center. Executive director Janice Cooper says stakeholders are identifying priorit...

WSU crop tours offer sneak peek at varieties

- Washington State University’s crop tour season begins June 6 in the Horse Heaven Hills.

Raffle offers chance to compete in Lind combine demolition derby

- Lind Lions Club members are offering a chance to compete in the final round of the annual combine demolition derby June 8-10. Proceeds from the annual event go back into the community, said club member Josh Knodel.

Work begins on 204-acre solar farm in Washington

- Local officials celebrated the groundbreaking for a 204-acre solar farm in Lind, Wash.

Wheat growers push back against Farm Bill critics

- Montana State University economics professor Vincent Smith spoke during a May 23 Washington Policy Center conference in Spokane.

Golf tournament to raise funds for Washington FFA Foundation

- The Washington FFA Foundation is holding its first golf tournament to raise $24,000 for state officer outreach and member recruitment and retention.