Matthew Weaver

Washington/Idaho Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Grain elevators blend wheat to meet falling number standard

- Overseas customers won’t see the starch damage problems in the shipments they receive from the Pacific Northwest.

Ag cautiously optimistic about Trump trade agenda

- Ag industry representatives say the Trump administration is making progress on trade, but are worried about the damage being done by trade wars with Mexico and China. Brian Kuehl, executive director of Farmers for Free Trad...

UI course will helps new family forest owners ask better questions

- A six-week University of Idaho Extension forestry course is designed to help new family forest owners ask questions and develop a forestry management plan.

Washington potato farmers see above-average yields

- Wildfire smoke may be a factor in crop size, says Dale Lathim, executive director of Potato Growers of Washington.

Genome map will help breeders develop better wheat varieties

- Wheat breeders will be better able to understand which genes control the traits they’re looking to improve and include in new varieties.

Growers can check wheat variety falling number data online

- Wheat growers can check results from Washington State University cereal variety trials for falling number susceptibility on USDA molecular geneticist Camille Steber’s website.

Washington farmer reports record winter pea yield

- Ritzville, Wash., farmer Brad Gering’s fall-planted winter pea crop yielded more than 6,800 pounds an acre, a record.

Donated Sandpoint orchard becomes first UI organic center

- College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean Michael Parrella said donor Dennis Pence and UI share a desire to support local food systems and train students in sustainability and organic production.

Farmers, processors ponder logistics of local grain

- Grain farmers and processors say they’re slowly building the logistics as they increase market demand for specialty and regional grains.

Washington Potato Commission exec: ‘We’re out of acres’

- Washington state farmers would like to increase potato exports, but can’t grow more of the crop without more irrigated acres or increased yields, Voigt says.

Smoke, heat knock Washington potato crop down to average

- Washington state’s potato crop was well above-average for yield and quality but its growth rate has stalled.

Washington ag director talks trade uncertainty

- Agriculture bears the brunt of trade disputes and disruptions as part of retaliatory tariffs, says Derek Sandison, director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Stripe rust season: ‘A good year for farmers’

- Stripe rust was “quite normal” in commercial fields, a USDA Agricultural Research Service research geneticist says.

Former NIFA chief questions USDA decision to relocate institute

- Former National Institute of Food and Agriculture director Sonny Ramaswamy is questioning the USDA’s decision to relocate the agency outside of Washington, D.C., by the end of 2019.

Wheat prices climb with Russian, European crop problems

- The wheat market is responding to smaller crops in competing countries overseas, and prices will continue to go up, market analysts say.

Trump working on bilateral deals with Canada, Mexico instead of NAFTA

- President Donald Trump is working to replace NAFTA with bilateral agreements with Canada and Mexico, the chairman of the House Ag Committee told Washington agricultural leaders Aug. 8.

Washington group shares grazing concerns with Forest Service chief

- Users of the Colville National Forest met with U.S. Forest Service interim chief Vicki Christiansen Aug. 2 in Colville, Wash.

U.S. Forest Service interim chief tours A to Z Project

- Vicki Christiansen, interim chief of the U.S. Forest Service, toured the Colville National Forest A to Z Project, a partnership between the public agency and the private sector to improve forest health, reduce wildfire risk...

Falling number appears in wheat, not as ‘massive’ as 2016

- Roughly half of falling number tests in the Spokane office of the state grain inspection program so far have been below the industry standard of 300, says Scott Steinbacher, Eastern Washington regional manager.

Idaho farmer experiments with ancient, landrace grains

- Athol, Idaho, farmer Luke Black grows out rare ancient and heritage grains, in hopes of cultivating them for local bakers.

Youth ranch continues to grow, looks to future

- The number of students using the Jensen Memorial Youth Ranch in Medical Lake, Wash., for their FFA and 4-H livestock projects is growing, volunteer Craig Grub says.