Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Pulse growers asked to boost assessment

- The USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council is applying to increase the assessment it collects from farmers.

Soil health company showcases new rotation crops

- Reardan, Wash., soil research company Rhizoterra Inc. showcases new crops and technology during its field day.

WSU showcases new organic farm site on field day

- Organic farmers will get to see Washington State University's organic farm, now completely moved to its larger location, during the annual field day July 30 in Pullman, Wash.

Anti-aphid wheat research may present opportunities

- A research project in England to develop wheat that wards off aphids without pesticides didn't succeed, but the techniques that were developed could help future researchers.

Grasshopper, aphid numbers on the rise

- Washington State University researchers recommend farmers monitor their fields for grasshopper and aphid activity.

Researcher tests pine needles in compost

- Washington State University Extension Forestry Educator Steve McConnell is leading an experiment to prove pine needles make good composting material.

EPA chief calls for conservation partnerships

- The regional head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he is willing to allow states or other agencies to take the lead when they have programs that are working.

PNW wheat industry eyes possible sprout, high protein

- Rain forecasts have Washington State University wheat breeder Arron Carter cautioning about possible sprout damage.

McMorris Rodgers: Immigration reform movement ‘soon’

- Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says immigration reform is a top priority for the agriculture industry.

Researcher seeks new markets for crops

- A Washington State University lab in Pullman, Wash., finds new uses for agricultural commodities a helps processors perfect their products.

NAWG leader urges progress in TPP talks

- National Association of Wheat Growers president Brett Blankenship shares the wheat industry's next steps for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement following approval of trade promotion authority for the Obama a...

Japanese millers follow Northwest wheat harvest

- Japanese millers are touring the Pacific Northwest this week. U.S. Wheat Associates vice president Steve Wirsching hopes to convey the reliability of U.S. wheat supplies to trade team, which represents a major customer for ...

Researchers weigh winter pea option for dryland farmers

- Washington State University's dryland research station is considering ways farmers can add winter peas into their crop rotations.

Heat, herbicide-resistant barley on Spillman Field Day agenda

- Washington State University showcases its grain and legume research July 14 in Pullman, Wash.

Planning, new markets top Washington potato leader’s priorities

- Mike Dodds, of Moses Lake, Wash., is the new chairman of the Washington Potato Commission. He is the raw material and environmental manager at Basic American Foods.

Study highlights investments in Columbia River ports

- Businesses using the Columbia River have invested hundreds of millions of dollars since a 2010 project to deepen the 110-mile lower navigation channel from 40 feet to 43 feet, according to a study by the Pacific Northwest W...

WSDA works to eliminate invading snails

- The Washington Department of Agriculture's been working for several years to eradicate Mediterranean snails that have entered the country on cargo near the Port of Tacoma, and keep snails from infesting wheat, as they have ...

WSU dryland station reports zero rainfall in June

- This is the driest June on record at Washington State University's dryland research station in Lind, Wash., director Bill Schillinger says.

100-plus temps to affect spring wheat crop

- Temperatures of 100 degrees or more won't have a huge impact on the Washington wheat crop, industry members say, noting the impact will be greatest on spring crops. But they make a troubling picture for moisture levels beyo...

Farmers consider high-residue equipment to preserve moisture

- The Palouse Rock Lake Conservation District held a demonstration of high-residue farming equipment June 23 near St. John, Wash. Growers saw various examples of direct-seed drills through high residue cut by farmer Tracy Eri...

Ag industry mourns death of WSU president

- The agriculture industry reflects on the death of Washington State University President Elson Floyd. Floyd died June 20 of complications from colon cancer, according to the university.

Washington ag non-profit seeks ‘founding members’

- The non-profit Washington Grown seeks "founding members" to offer donations before June 30 in order to help fund activities to educate consumers about Washington agriculture.

Northwest wheat growers eye early harvest

- Pacific Northwest wheat farmers are eyeing an early harvest due to dry conditions.

Growers still have one more step to sign up for USDA payments

- Judy Olson, director of the Washington office of the USDA Farm Service Agency, urges growers to complete the final step to sign up for new Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs. Deadline to sign up for ...

Leaf rust found in Willamette Valley

- Leaf rust, not usually seen for more than a decade, has shown up this year in the Willamette Valley.

WSU website helps farmers monitor pest insects

- Washington State University researchers urge wheat farmers to check their fields for some of the insect pests that are causing issues in various areas.

New Washington ag director greets farmers at Lind

- New Washington Department of Agriculture director Derek Sandison gave a brief message to growers during the centennial celebration at Washington State University's Dryland Research Station in Lind, Wash. Sandison first begi...

WSU, growers mark dryland station’s centennial

- Washington State University and regional farmers reflect during the 100th anniversary of the dryland research station in Lind, Wash.

White Lily takes PNW wheat national in premium flour line

- Southern-based company White Lily is launching a new premium flour line nationwide using Shepherd's Grain wheat produced in the Pacific Northwest.

WSU tour offers new ways to battle weeds

- Washington State University researchers offer a tour of weeds on their test plots for wheat and chickpeas June 17 in Pullman.

Dry weather, lower prices shrink grain commission budget

- Drought conditions and low prices have the Washington Grain Commission working with a smaller budget. CEO Glen Squires says the industry may be in a down cycle.

WSU center seeks to improve animal health worldwide

- Washington State University center is designed to work on global animal health issues.

Golladay to co-chair Ecology advisory committee

- Warden, Wash., farmer and rancher Aaron Golladay is the new co-chair of the Washington Department of Ecology agriculture and water quality advisory committee. The department has improved in the way it relates to producers, ...

Gluten-free wheat in sight, researchers say

- Washington State University researcher Diter von Wettstein has received further funding for his efforts to create a gluten-free wheat.

Record turnout for Idaho FFA career development events

- More than 960 Idaho FFA members attended state career development event competitions on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow, Idaho. Winners are eligible to go on to the national competition in Louisville, Ky., in Octob...

Industry prepares for 14-week lock closure in December 2016

- The Pacific Northwest agriculture industry is preparing for another extended closure on the Columbia-Snake river system, slated for late 2016 to early 2017.