Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Officials seek farmers’ help in solving hay arsons

- The Grant County Sheriff's Office are advising farmers to report suspicious activity to stop a string of haystack arson in Quincy, Wash.

Turmoil in Yemen stalls 50,000 tons of PNW wheat

- Political turmoil in Yemen has stalled several container ships, including one containing about 50,000 metric tons of soft white wheat shipped from Portland. Yemen is a top importer of U.S. wheat, but its ranking is expected...

Washington senate honors Roseleip

- Longtime Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation president Dave Roseleip receives a full session resolution April 17 in the Washington State Senate for his years of service.

Parasites protect cattle from disease, study finds

- A Washington State University researcher has found that when two parasites infect calves in East Africa at the same time, it renders them less deadly.

Wash. wheat industry asks decision makers to consider billion-dollar impact

- Washington State University grains economist Randy Fortenbery reports on the economic impact of the state's wheat industry, and potential effects of changes in tax policy.

Wolf opponents focus on human impact of predators

- The Spokane nonprofit group Washington Residents Against Wolves says "unconventional" methods to inform the public about the impacts wolves can have on ranchers and ungulate populations.

U.S. wheat breeders to meet with Asian customers

- U.S. Wheat Associates is sending four wheat breeders, including Oregon State University Extension cereal specialist Mike Flowers and Washington State University winter wheat breeder Arron Carter, to Asia to meet with wheat ...

Swap-sale planned for small livestock

- Eastern Washington organizers are reviving a small livestock exchange April 11 in Colbert, Wash.

WSU researcher considers prickly lettuce as rubber source

- A Washington State University researcher wants to explore possible production of the weed prickly lettuce to make rubber.

Researchers update biocontrol catalog

- A University of Idaho researcher has updated a catalog of biocontrols and biocontrol releases after 16 years.

Blackleg confirmed in N. Idaho canola fields

- The fungus blackleg has infected canola fields in northern Idaho, from Moscow to Grangeville, researchers say.

Stripe rust forecast ‘severe’ for Northwest wheat

- USDA Agricultural Research Service research geneticist Xianming Chen has upped the level of stripe rust severity from moderate to severe due to weather. Chen and Oregon State University Extension Cereals Specialist Mike Flo...

Outside factors keep wheat prices low despite lower supply

- USDA's prospective plantings report puts wheat numbers lower than industry expectations, but prices will continue to struggle, market analysts say.

EPA, Ecology seek to clean up Freeman grain handling site

- The EPA and Washington Department of Ecology say carbon tretrachloide and chloroform used as fumigants in the 1980s at a Freeman, Wash., grain handling facility are impacting ground water.

With perennial rice at hand, is perennial wheat far behind?

- Researchers in China and Australia are close to releasing a perennial rice. U.S. researchers are mixed on how long it will take to release a perennial wheat.

Planning grant to help city untangle rail congestion

- The city of Connell, Wash., has received a $50,000 planning grant to look into ways to address current and expanding railroad congestion.

Port’s food center installs solar panels

- The Blue Mountain Station artisan food center near Dayton, Wash., is switching to solar energy.

First Odessa water service contracts signed

- East Columbia Basin Irrigation District manager Craig Simpson says more water could be on the way the week of March 23.

Warm winter increases chances of foot rot, researcher says

- A warm winter has increased the chances of strawbreaker foot rot impacting wheat appearing, a Washington State University Extension plant pathologist says.

WSU, wheat growers seek support for new plant sciences building

- Washington State University's College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences is seeking legislative support for funding the design phase for a building that will boost the university's research capabilities.

Warm weather worries Washington wheat farmers

- Washington Grain Commission members say the warm weather isn't a good sign for the crop and timely moisture in the spring will be critical.

Trade group offers cross-border grain info

- The Canada-U.S. Grain and Seed Trade Task Group has set up a website to supply information to grain buyers and handlers about cross-border trade.

Online organic bulletin board helps buyers, sellers

- Washington State University's Small Grains webpage offers a searchable bulletin board for organic grain and hay buyers and sellers.

Wheat leader calls for presidential trade authority for TPP

- National Association of Wheat Growers president Brett Blankenship says it's critical for the president to have trade promotion authority as negotiations on the new Trans Pacific Partnership enter the home stretch.

Consultants developing PNW triticale insurance

- A Texas-based consulting group is seeking grower feedback regarding a pilot crop insurance program for triticale in the Pacific Northwest.

Groups sue to block Wildlife Services from killing wolves

- Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the USDA Wildlife Services, challenging its authority to kill wolves in Washington state.

Tight supply boosts premiums for low protein soft white wheat

- The biggest demand by exporters for soft white wheat right now is for low proteins, to blend with wheat with higher proteins, grains market merchandisers say.

Grain handlers offer hard white wheat contracts

- Grain handlers in Southern and Eastern Idaho are offering contracts for hard white spring wheat. Idaho Wheat Commission executive director Blaine Jacobson expects high demand for the wheat class after issues last year.

Study shows countries distort wheat trade

- U.S. Wheat Associates says a study shows that the governments of India, China, Turkey, Brazil and Thailand have increased trade-distorting subsidies for wheat, corn and rice production beyond their World Trade Organization ...

Climate researchers developing tools to project crop yields

- A climate research group led by the University of Idaho holds its annual meeting March 3-6 in Moscow, Idaho.

Have canola crusher, will travel

- Nezperce, Idaho, resident Robin Baune built a mobile canola crusher.

UI researchers ponder ‘local’ market access

- The University of Idaho is researching the best opportunities for producers to access farmers' markets.

UI Extension offers rural land purchasing class

- The Clearwater County University of Idaho Extension office in Orofino, Idaho, is offering a workshop on rural land purchasing March 12, 19 and 26 in Lewiston, Idaho.

Ritzville farmer new U.S. Wheat secretary-treasurer

- Ritzville, Wash., wheat farmer Mike Miller, a board member of the Washington Grain Commission, will move through the leadership positions for U.S. Wheat Associates.

Negotiator seeks balance for potato growers, processors

- Potato Growers of Washington executive director Dale Lathim negotiates on behalf of potato farmers with processing companies in the Pacific Northwest.