Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

New $700K system a boon to wheat breeders, researchers

- The instrument helps researchers understand the metabolome of the plant so they can identify the bio markers that say whether a variety will possess attributes that are valuable to farmers.

Researchers continue to unravel falling number mystery

- Economic losses to the Pacific Northwest wheat industry from low falling number test scores in 2016 exceeded $30 million and could ultimately be as much as $140 million, industry members say.

Cause of Edwall grain elevator collapse unknown

- Investigators are trying to determine why the wheat elevator gave way.

Little Goose navigation lock repairs delayed another week

- Repairs at the Little Goose Dam navigation lock, originally delayed from March 20 to March 27, have now been pushed back another week. Randy Olstad, general manager of Columbia Grain, says the additional delay is fine as lo...

Chickpea seed supply coming up short

- Increased market demand and low grain prices mean a shortage on chickpea seeds.

Wheat farmers seek ways to wait out low prices

- Pacific Northwest farmers diversify to deal with wheat prices that are a dollar or more below the cost of production.

Wheat variety list adds 15 new options

- Pacific Northwest wheat organizations are releasing their annual preferred variety brochure.

Domestic interest growing in PNW hard red spring wheat

- The Washington Grain Commission hopes to tap into growing interest from domestic mills for high-protein hard red spring wheat produced in the Pacific Northwest.

Little Goose Dam navigation lock repairs delayed

- Additional repairs on the navigation lock at Little Goose Dam near Starbuck, Wash., will delay its return to service by at least a week.

Latest USDA supply and demand report a ‘wash’ for wheat prices

- USDA estimates project reduced wheat ending stocks in the U.S., but a higher global production overall.

Wheat growers face waiting game on snow mold severity

- Washington wheat farmers are surveying their fields and wondering about the extent of damage caused by snow mold.

Wheat will do better than assumed as climate changes, study predicts

- The $20 million research project was designed to enhance the sustainability of cereal production systems in the inland Pacific Northwest.

REACCH study yields discoveries

- More than 200 researchers from the University of Idaho, Washington State University, Oregon State University and the USDA Agricultural Research Service worked on the project.

District, bureau negotiate for more Odessa water

- The East Columbia Irrigation District and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are currently negotiating an amendment to their master water service contract to give the district the authority to write contracts for Columbia River wat...

Rancher-photographer honored for Facebook page

- Moses Lake, Wash. rancher Sue Tebow received an award from the Agriculture Council of America for her Facebook page “agri.CULTURE.” Tebow shares photos of life on the farm.

Cultural changes help growers fight herbicide resistance

- Using the same herbicides every year has raised concerns about weeds developing resistance. Washington State University weed science professor Drew Lyon advises farmers to mix up their crop rotation to preserve the chemistr...

Road closures delay Columbia Basin potato planting

- Potato planting in the Columbia Basin has been pushed back by a week to 10 days due to road closures caused by the spring flooding.

Trump a ‘mixed bag’ for ag, policy expert says

- Economist say removing regulations is good, but leaving TPP is bad for U.S. agriculture.

Breadmaker relies on ancient grains

- Baker Shaun Thompson Duffy uses ancient and heritage grains to bake bread. He currently sells at several locations in Spokane and has a bread subscription business.

International barley hub to benefit farmers, researchers

- A $60 million research center in Scotland is designed to benefit farmers worldwide.

Conservation district growing urban ag network

- The Spokane Conservation District wants to develop an urban agriculture network.

Study to focus on wolves’ effect on other predators, prey

- Researchers will monitor deer, elk and cougars to study the effects wolves have on them in a new study by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and University of Washington.

Legacy award winner to younger farmers: Volunteer your time

- Greater Spokane Inc. honored its latest Excellence in Agriculture Award winners during the 2017 Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

Icy weather shrinks attendance at Expo’s FFA presentation, cancels career fair

- School closures kept FFA groups from attending final day of the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

Falling number research funds sought, WSDA director says

- Federal funding for falling number research and the Columbia River Treaty were among the issues Derek Sandison, the director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture, addressed.

Western Innovator: Keeping an eye on the future

- Washington Grain Commission board member Dana Herron looks at the big picture.

Diversification reduces falling number risk, expert says

- The long-term goal is to develop a whole-grain analyzer to test wheat at grain elevators.

Q&A: Falling numbers

- Answers to some frequently asked questions about falling numbers.

Wheat prices to remain low, economist predicts

- Record global wheat production and “huge” world stocks that are growing faster than demand will continue to depress commodity prices, Washington State University economist Randy Fortenbery says.

Warm, dry spring ahead for Pacific Northwest, weatherman says

- Creighton University emeritus professor Art Douglas sees El Nino in his long-range forecast.

Bill would clarify solid waste disposal rules for ag

- U.S. House members have proposed legislation to clarify manure management rules under the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act.

Wheat research organization opens Chinese center

- Global wheat research organization CIMMYT is establishing a wheat and maize center in China.

Overseas buyers praise industry for GE wheat handling, but questions remain

- Overseas customers praised Washington wheat officials for transparency during the most recent GE wheat. But a cause remains undetermined.

Lower prices, acreage squeeze California Wheat Commission budget

- The commission collects an assessment on wheat of 7.5 cents per hundredweight.

Chef: Taste can play key role in potato marketing

- Chef and Oregon Potato Commission public member Leif Benson continues his quest to explore and capitalize on taste to build markets.

Workshop to help farmers deal with soil acidity

- Growers will learn several management techniques during a soil health workshop Feb. 16 in Spokane Valley and Feb. 17 in Walla Walla, Wash.

Shrink the EPA? Speaker says he has a way

- Speakers at the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference expect regulatory relief and trade agreements country-to-country under President Donald Trump.

Potatoes show strength in exports, food service

- U.S. potatoes are showing growth in exports and food service markets, says John Toaspern, chief marketing officer of Potatoes USA.

Photo contest captures moments of farm life

- Adult and youth photographers again turned in their best work to depict Pacific Northwest agriculture during the Spokane Ag Expo's annual photo contest.

Ag award adds category to honor lifetime achievements

- The Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum honors those individuals working to improve agriculture. This year, they're adding a legacy award.

Popular weatherman to offer his annual forecast

- Creighton University professor emeritus Art Douglas returns to the Spokane Ag Expo. Douglas is popular with local farmers, says Expo manager Myrna O'Leary.

AgriBusiness Council continues to evolve

- With Greater Spokane Incorporated under new leadership, the agribusiness council's priorities include public policy impacts, say chairman Jay Allert.

Fortenbery, Squires to discuss markets during economic forecast

- Washington State University economics professor Randy Fortenbery and Washington Grain Commission CEO Glen Squires will give the economic forecast during the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

Rodeo rider to share inspirational story with FFA members

- Rodeo barrel racer Amberley Snyder wants FFA members to know they can overcome obstacles.

Longtime Expo director prepares to step back

- Longtime Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum director Myrna O'Leary plans to retire in November, making this her last official show. O'Leary will remain as a consultant to help the transition in 2018.

Event plants seeds for future ag careers

- Future employers return every year to the Spokane Ag Expo career fair to promote potential jobs to high school students.

Volunteer remembers early days of Spokane Ag Expo

- Retired Spokane accountant Ernie Becker remembers the early days of the Spokane Ag Expo, which marks its 40th anniversary in 2017.

Peeling contest kicks off potato conference

- Four teams competed for the title of best peelers during the annual potato peeling contest at the Washington Oregon Potato Conference, including a team from England.

Industry tackles herbicide resistance worries

- The Pacific Northwest industry discussed increasing concerns about herbicide-resistant weeds during a regional listening session in Pasco, Wash.

Farmers, DNR support longer lease termination notices

- Washington wheat farmers and the state Department of Natural Resources support a bill that would extend the notification time before the state can terminate a farmer’s lease on state land for a “better use or ...