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Farmers fear impacts of trade war, but hold back from blaming Trump

Cody Miller, 21, has been riding in combines since he was four months old. He might be about to experience his first trade war.


America appears ready to open the door for the ‘grain buffalo’

It’s been nearly 20 years since former Idaho legislator Tom Trail began beating the drum for industrial hemp. However, the U.S. Senate – and perhaps Congress as a whole – …


Saving spinach: A WSU plant researcher’s work helps lucrative spinach seed industry

Because of the long days and climate required to grow spinach seeds, a small slice of western Washington and Oregon is the only part of the United States well-suited to …


Washington wine searches for an identity

Washington wines are becoming know for quality and affordability. But the state’s booming industry, still in its infancy, doesn’t have that


Washington’s acclaimed wine begins in carefully tended vineyards

Washington’s acclaimed wine begins with modern agriculture.


Washington’s 14 American Viticultural Areas

Yakima Valley – Established in 1983, Washington’s first AVA is home to roughly one-third of the state’s vineyard acreage. Walla Walla Valley – Established in 1984, this AVA straddles the …


After a colorful harvest, Washington cranberries go to juice, sauce, dried fruit and Thanksgiving tables

After a colorful harvest, cranberries go to juice, sauce, dried fruit and Thanksgiving tables.


Warm fall helps push larger-than-anticipated Washington apple harvest

A warm fall and new planting technologies gave Washington apple growers a larger harvest than anticipated this season.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 6:25 p.m.

Strikes, work stoppages in Washington fields indicative of changing agriculture labor environment

Their six-day strike was one of several across Washington state during a turbulent year for labor relations in one of the country’s largest agricultural states. Those strikes highlight some of …


Farmers go into the blue: Washington is tops in the country in blueberry production

Janice Baker needed another bucket. She was kneeling on the grass between rows at the end of the season, but she was mighty impressed with the size of the organic …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 8, 2017, 9:43 p.m.

The making of super sweet corn: An American farm story

QUINCY, Wash. – Russ Kehl tears an ear of corn from a field of thousands, shucks it and takes an enthusiastic bite. It’s part theater. He’s acting for two journalists …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 8, 2017, 9:42 p.m.

The history of corn

Corn has a storied and prominent place in human history.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 8, 2017, 9:42 p.m.

International competition and regulation two familiar challenges to sweet corn industry

Like much of American agriculture, the sweet corn industry’s main challenges are centered around international competition and, what farmers and other in the agriculture industry call excessive regulation.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 8, 2017, 9:43 p.m.

Washington corn a ‘hardy crop’ that fills the gaps between potatoes and wheat

Washington isn’t known for corn. But it should be.


If you buy your birdseed at Costco, the sunflower seeds might be from Spokane County

Sunflowers aren’t Washington’s biggest crop, but they can draw a crowd.


UPDATED: Sun., July 30, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Growers rely on dwindling immigrant workforce to harvest onions

It takes a crew of onion pickers just a few hours to transform a field from a sea of knee-high green to a dusty brown collection of onion bulbs.


Nothing like a sweet, sweet onion from Walla Walla

Before Walla Walla became known for wine, it was famous for something else: “Home of the onion so sweet you can eat it like an apple.”


Sweet Lou keeps onion on minds of residents, visitors

Throwing out the ceremonial first pitch is a standard part of any baseball game. But Walla Walla is probably the only place in the world that throws a sweet onion.


Human history fed by wheat

From the ancient Egyptians to farm kids riding on Palouse tractors, the history of wheat spans our history.


The world of wheat: Growing grain in Washington

The wheels of Bill Myers’ black Jeep flung dust into the air at each bend of the gravel road that winds through his 3,300 acres of hilly farmland northwest of …


UPDATED: Sat., July 15, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

A day in the fields at WSU’s Dryland Research Station

On a gray morning in the middle of June, more than 100 farmers, scientists and wheat industry leaders gathered at Washington State University’s Dryland Research Station, a cluster of fields …


The apples and the bees

Every year thousands of hives dot Washington’s apple orchards. The bees inside pollinate the state’s apple trees. Apple farmers, for the most part, rent the their bees, said Dave Robison …


UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 1:32 a.m.

In Washington’s apple country, small and midsize farmers must adapt to changing economics, consumer tastes and technology

In Washington’s apple country, small and midsize farmers must adapt to changing economics, consumer tastes and technology.


From apples to wheat, NAFTA has been a boon for Washington agriculture

For Washington apples the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a good deal.


The farmers’ workaround: Tree grafting

Planting a modern apple orchard is expensive work costing between $40,000 and $50,000 per acre. What’s more, the kinds of apples people want to eat can change. That means an …


A brief history of the apple

The apple was first domesticated in southern Kazakhstan about 4,000 years ago. The fruit has played heavily into art and literature in various cultures. However, apples do not appear in …


UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 6:58 a.m.

Paul Turner: About that after-asparagus ‘disagreeble odour’ …

Eating asparagus is good for you, but it can make your pee stink. This awareness is not new. In 1781, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “a few stems of asparagus eaten, shall …


UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 7:54 a.m.

Dayton lost its asparagus business to the ‘War on Drugs’ but residents persevered

For decades, the asparagus cannery defined life in Dayton. Each summer an influx of about 1,000 migrant workers would join the town’s other 2,000 permanent residents. Hundreds more workers would …


UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 8:49 a.m.

Stalks rising: Trade deals almost spoiled Washington’s asparagus industry. But, slowly, farmers made a comeback.

Trade deals just about spoiled Washington’s asparagus industry. Farmers quit the crop. Canneries closed. And then, slowly, farmers leveraged technology, grit and food trends to build a second chance.


In the 17th century tulip bulb mania created the world’s first speculative bubble

In the 1600s the price of tulip bulbs in Holland soared. A single bulb could cost more than a house and in some cases tulip bulbs were used as a …