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Rob Curley: Ag series turns into more than we could’ve expected; book to be released in December

Like all places, there’s typically a big difference between how the locals view their communities versus how the rest of the world views them. It was that very idea that …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018, 3:06 p.m.

Farmers bear burden of making Washington king of the cherry

WENATCHEE – Convoys of headlights looked like glowworms in the predawn darkness as the migrant workforce pushed aging vehicles more than 1,500 feet up switchback roads to the hilltop orchards …


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 – …


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018, 3:35 p.m.

Washington hops bring the flavor to booming craft beer industry

Whether your brew of choice is Budweiser or Bale Breaker, there are few places on Earth where you can sip a cold pint knowing the flavors came from a farm …


UPDATED: Sun., May 27, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

Aquifer falling, central Washington farmers ask: Where will the water come from?

Schemes to irrigate central Washington have stalled and unraveled for more than a century. New efforts are underway to divert water from the Columbia or other sources, but uncertainty remains.


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 10:06 a.m.

Chinese middle class could be boon for Washington ranchers

The prices that small-operation ranchers in Washington get for their cattle is tied to the global economy, making it about as hard to predict as the prairie rain.


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 10:44 a.m.

Ranchers wrangle a living history out of Eastern Washington scablands

Tucked within miles of barbed-wire fences and basalt columns southwest of Spokane reside what’s left of the American West: Ranchers who scratch out a living from hard work and prairie …


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 …


Open 2 dozen oysters in under 2 minutes? Shucks, yes

Opening an oyster can be a job. Opening it fast can be a sport.


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.

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

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


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.

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 …


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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 …


Human history fed by wheat

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


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 …


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.