The Pacific Northwest wheat crop tour schedule is back in full force this summer as farmers face another challenging year.

“There will be more (events) this year than last year,” said Clark Neely, lead of Washington State University’s cereal variety testing program. “Last year was almost a full schedule.”

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Field Reporter, Spokane

I have been covering wheat and other topics for Capital Press since 2008. Recent stories include emus, radicchio, aphids, Q&As with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, National Association of Wheat Growers president Nicole Berg of Paterson, Wash., and national FFA president Cole Baerlocher, of Colfax, Wash; and a look at umami, or savoriness, the fifth basic taste sensation. If you have a news tip, please contact me at 509-688-9923 or

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