Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Ecology: No threat in biosolid use on ag lands

- An Onalaska, Wash., company wants to apply biosolids from city waste water treatment plants to farmland near Davenport.

Year’s first equine West Nile case confirmed in Washington

- A quarter horse near Spokane, Wash., is improving after it was diagnosed with the virus.

Heatwave stresses spring wheat, boosting protein

- Spring wheat is likely to suffer from heat stress the later it was planted, Washington State University researchers say.

‘Cowgirl camp’ for beginning women ranchers

- Ranchers Sandy Matheson, of Bellingham, Wash., and Beth Robinette, of Cheney, Wash., are teaming up to offer an intensive retreat for “new cowgirls,” teaching basic farm skills, animal husbandry and business m...

Western Innovator: Growing the sweet crop

- Michael J. Locati, president of the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Marketing Committee and Locati Farms, is pursuing new marketing and efficiencies for the popular niche onion variety.

New canola association gains certification, seeks directors

- After receiving a certificate of incorporation from the State of Washington, the Pacific Northwest Canola Association is looking for nominations for board members.

‘Outstanding’ Idaho wheat harvest nears halfway point

- The quality of the crop looks good, Idaho Wheat Commission executive director Blaine Jacobson said.

Ron Reimann, Washington farmer and water rights advocate, dies in collision

- Pasco, Wash., farmer Ron Reimann, who died July 30 in a collision, is remembered for his efforts to protect water rights for growers. He was also one of 12 original board members on the Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Assoc...

Early harvest reports: No falling number problems

- Wheat quality remains high as harvest shifts in high gear.

NAWG attracts more entries for wheat yield contest

- The National Association of Wheat Growers received twice as many winter wheat entries as last year for its yield contest.

WSU scoops up top award with Huckleberry Ripple ice cream

- Huckleberry Ripple, a flavor from Washington State University’s creamery, won a national ice cream award for the third year in a row.

Odessa biodiesel plant seeks new owners, again

- The Odessa Public Development Authority has issued a request for proposals to sell or lease its biodiesel plant, which has been vacant since June 2014.

Third-party damage exempted from growers’ production history

- Damages caused by a third party to an insured farmer’s field will no longer be counted in the grower’s production history under a change made by the USDA Risk Management Agency.

Washington falling number funding request progressing

- Washington wheat farmers’ request for $1 million for funding falling number research is progressing, says Washington Association of Wheat Growers Executive Director Michelle Hennings.

Wheat industry voices goals for NAFTA talks

- The Trump administration announced the objectives for North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations July 17.

Washington Grain Commission leader adds U.S. Wheat chairman to resume

- Ritzville, Wash., farmer Mike Miller is the new chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates. He is also the chairman of the Washington Grain Commission.

Wheat prices ‘bounce around’ as harvest gets underway

- Heat in the Northern Plains will continue to push dark northern spring prices upwards, as long as grain merchandisers struggle to find supplies. Pacific Northwest farmers hope soft white wheat prices will follow suit.

Western Innovator: Growing the sweet crop

- Walla Walla sweet onion farmer, 27, looks to the future of the niche crop, hoping to address labor needs with automation.

Pacific Northwest wheat harvest kicks off

- Pacific Northwest wheat farmers anticipate an above-average crop as harvest gets underway.

Stripe rust spread slowing down, researcher says

- Farmers don’t need to apply fungicides for stripe rust except in late-planted fields, higher elevations or locations with high soil moisture, says USDA research plant pathologist Xianming Chen.

Open house showcases drones, precision ag

- Washington State University’s Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems hosts an Agricultural Technology Day beginning at 1 p.m. July 31 in Prosser, Wash.

Farmers warned to look for wheat head armyworm

- Eastern Washington farmers should be scouting their fields for wheathead armyworm larvae. Populations ebb and flow, says Diana Roberts, regional specialist with Washington State University Extension in Spokane.

E. Washington family honored for 60 years of test plots

- Washington State University honored the White family for hosting test plots on their farm land for 60 years. The Whites are the second of two farm families to do so for that length of time in Washington.

Jump in dark northern spring wheat prices takes soft white wheat with it

- Dry and hot conditions in Montana and the Dakotas have pushed dark northern spring wheat prices up from $8.55 per bushel to $10.15 per bushel on the Portland market. Speculators are pushing the other wheat classes upward, a...

McGregor Co. offers exclusive wheat variety

- The McGregor Co. will offer an exclusive soft white wheat variety, M-Press, through a limited launch in the fall. The variety is for high rainfall zones in hotter areas.

Irrigated potato acreage drops 25 percent as Odessa aquifer shrinks

- An updated Washington State University study found that irrigated potato production in the Odessa Subarea declined over a decade due to the declining aquifer in the region. Industry officials say it underlines the need to r...

Temperature changes raise falling number worries

- Recent temperature fluctuations in Eastern Washington have wheat researchers worried about the possibility of falling number problems again this year.

Testing helps farmers understand their soil, researchers say

- A soil scientist says conventional and no-till farming methods create their own sets of problems that need to be addressed.

U.S. Wheat seminar builds relationships with Asian buyers

- Washington Grain Commission board member Dana Herron recently spoke to overseas buyers during a U.S. Wheat Associates procurement seminar. More emphasis needs to be placed on building relationships with wheat buyers and end...

Farmers warned to clean sprayers to avoid pea damage

- Farmers are encouraged to thoroughly clean their sprayer before switching from one crop to another. Washington State University weed science professor Drew Lyon said several farmers reported damage on their peas after apply...

Crop tour spotlights chickpeas as crop gains popularity

- The McGregor Co. hosted a plot tour of chickpeas in reply to increased acres. Farmers say the interest is due to higher chikpea prices and lower wheat prices.

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.