Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

NAFTA partners to renegotiate trade deal

- Renegotiating or ending NAFTA could have a huge impact on U.S. farmers, agricultural leaders say. Canada and Mexico are among their biggest customers.

R-CALF wants Brazil beef ban until COOL resurrected

- Rancher group hopes to collect 100,000 signatures on petition.

Farmers race to do spring work between rainstorms

- Wheat farmers are trying to get into their fields, but rain keeps delaying them.

Proposed state rules for restricted-use herbicides up for comment

- Washington farmers should review proposed state herbicide rules for possible effects to their operation, says a weed science professor at Washington State University.

McMorris Rodgers calls for ag committee hearing in Eastern Washington

- Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers wants the House Agriculture Committee to hold a farm bill hearing in Eastern Washington.

County purchasing water rights for Little Spokane watershed

- Spokane County is working to purchase water rights on the Little Spokane watershed to establish a “water bank” for new housing developments. The county is negotiating water right purchases with several farmers...

Soil conditions ripe for wireworm problems

- Soil conditions are ideal for farmers to experience wireworm problems. Bickleton, Wash., farmer Andy Juris says 100 percent of his operation is affected, to the point where he uses maximum labeled rate of insecticide in ord...

Chemical drift tops Wheat College agenda

- The Washington Association of Wheat Growers will offer a free Wheat College. On the agenda is chemical drift and strategies for variety selection and disease control.

Wheat industry seeks federal funding for falling number research

- Pacific Northwest wheat farmers are asking for $1 million to study the accuracy of the falling number test and $2 million to study crop quality loss.

Economist: Wheat prices could drop further if exports lag

- Washington State University grains economist Randy Fortenbery says wheat prices could pick up with more export traffic, but could go lower if exports continue to lag.

SE Washington wheat farmers face pink snow mold

- Wheat farmers in the Prescott, Wash., area are weighing whether to reseed fields after experiencing pink snow mold damage after two months of snow cover.

Persistence pays off for new co-op

- LINC Foods, a cooperative in Spokane, is working to get to the point where it can be profitable.

NASS: Pulse, canola acres on the rise in PNW

- Farmers in the Pacific Northwest are planting more chickpeas, canola and barley. Wheat acres declined slightly in the region, and dropped nationwide.

Limagrain barley exported from PNW to South Africa

- Limagrain Europe and Limagrain Cereal Seeds recently sent 12 tons of the malting barley variety LCS Genie to South Africa for farming and malting purposes.

Little Goose lock reopening delayed until April 11

- Repairs have further delayed the reopening.

Longtime Capital Press salesman retires after 29 years

- Wayne McMorris says he will miss the people he met each year.

WSU crop tours to answer disease questions, highlight new varieties

- Stripe rust, snow mold and falling numbers will be on farmers’ minds during Washington State University’s annual crop tour schedule.

Tech company gearing up for harvest interest

- Spokane agriculture technology company 2nd Sight Bioscience sold 50 of its automated harvest weighing stations for this coming season.

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.