Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Snow mold concerns loom as snow cover lingers

- Wheat fields in Central and Eastern Washington could reach 100 days of snow cover, increasing the chance of snow mold in northern wheat fields.

Researchers use new gene-editing technology to ‘make better crops faster’

- Monsanto has entered a global licensing agreement to use new gene-editing technology.

Ag industry welcomes USDA nomination

- Sonny Perdue, Trump’s long-delayed pick to head the USDA, is greeted with favor and no small amount of relief.

New perennial grain species offers farmers flexibility

- Researchers have developed a new perennial grain species, a combination of wheat and wheatgrass.

USDA estimates fewer winter wheat acres than expected

- The USDA’s latest report estimated fewer wheat acres than the industry expected.

Grower forum will tackle falling number problems

- A Washington Association of Wheat Growers forum Jan. 31 in Colfax, Wash., will discuss falling number with farmers.

Malting Barley Association updates list of varieties

- The American Malting Barley Association has updated its list of approved varieties for farmers. Vice president Scott Heisel advises farmers to speak with buyers before they grow, and ensure they have a market for the crop.

Veterinary feed rule changes affect pork producers

- Federal veterinary feed rules will make a difference for pork producers.

Researchers find jointed goatgrass resistant to Beyond herbicide

- Researchers have found jointed goatgrass resistant to Beyond herbicide in Eastern Washington.

Industry to air concerns about herbicide-resistant weeds

- The Pacific Northwest agricultural industry will discuss herbicide resistance developing in weeds at a Jan. 24 listening session in Pasco, Wash.

Researchers weigh solutions for acidic soil

- Eastern Washington farmers are considering different options to deal with acidic soils.

Workshop offers ways to deal with ‘natural risk’

- A free workshop in Spokane Jan. 20 helps small farmers assess the natural risks on their operations.

Grain reps, state officials meet with USDA on falling number

- Pacific Northwest wheat commissions and state officials recently met with USDA to discuss falling number problems in wheat. Washington Grain Commission CEO Glen Squires says the organizations are keeping in touch and moving...

Moses Lake High School greenhouse vandalized

- Plants raised by Moses Lake, Wash., High School students in partnership with a local seed company were damaged when someone vandalized the high school greenhouse.

Wheat prices will remain low in 2017, analysts predict

- A large global supply will continue to depress worldwide wheat prices in 2017, market analysts predict.

Industry rates International Year of Pulses promotion a success

- The United Nations International Year of Pulses drew more interest than the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council anticipated.

Quinoa researchers to tackle economics, drought

- A $2 million USDA grant will enable Washington State University’s quinoa breeding program to pursue specific questions about heat, drought and the economics of raising the crop, says breeder Kevin Murphy.

State officials say they are confident of falling number test adjustments

- The Washington State Department of Agriculture has responded to a tort claim filed by a Wilbur, Wash., farmer regarding falling number testing procedures.

Early stripe rust raises researchers’ concerns

- PNW experts say the presence of stripe rust in the fall means farmers should check their fields once the weather begins warming up in late February.

Washington FSA director oversees 7 1/2 years of change

- Judy Olson, executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency state office in Washington, looks back on seven and a half years with the agency. Her last day is Dec. 30.

McMorris Rodgers: Invite ‘came out of the blue’

- Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers talks about being considered for U.S. Secretary of the Interior, meeting with President-Elect Donald Trump and what's next.

McMorris Rodgers won’t be Trump’s Interior secretary

- Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is not the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Beef economics workshop helps ranchers make right decisions

- Washington State University Extension offers a workshop to help ranchers make retention and marketing decisions.

Ag reps welcome possibility of McMorris Rodgers as Interior chief

- Agricultural representatives react to the possibility of Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers being named Secretary of the Interior.

Meter reader survives attack by two bulls

- Two bulls were euthanized by animal control after attacking a Grant County PUD meter reader near Moses Lake, Wash.

Small grains researchers offer email update service

- Farmers can sign up for the Washington State University small grains email update service for news and updates on research.

Ranchers seek exemption to electronic device trucking rule

- The cattle industry says changes to commercial trucking regulations will damage ranchers' business.

Far West annual meeting addresses Farm Bill, Trump optimism

- The Far West Agribusiness Association's annual meeting Dec.13-14 in Kennewick, Wash., includes talk about the meaning of a Donald Trump administration and other hot topics.

Industry seeks better malting barley varieties

- The American Malting Barley Association is seeking improved varieties to bolster barley acres.

Washington farmer wins national wheat yield contest

- An Eastern Washington wheat farmer has topped the National Association of Wheat Growers' revived yield contest.

Falling number problems perplex Northwest wheat industry

- Farmers were blindsided this year by low falling number in their wheat when they expected a good yield. Some farmers saw prices reduced by 50 percent.

McMorris Rodgers added to Trump transition team

- Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is one of the vice chairs on President-Elect Donald Trump's transition team.

Ag industry gears up for 14-week river closure

- The Pacific Northwest grain industry is fairly prepared for a 14-week closure of the Columbia-Snake River System, beginning Dec. 12 through March 20, representatives say.

Farmers warned against more attacks on crop insurance

- The grain industry is preparing for continued attacks on crop insurance, leaders say.

Western Innovator: Researcher studies big role of lowly earthworm

- University of Idaho soil scientist Jodi Johnson-Maynard takes a look at the bigger picture when deciding how to improve soil health. A big part of her focus is on the roles earthworms play.