Stories tagged: farming
Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 8:35 a.m.
Officials seek trucking help for donated drought-relief hay
Officials in North Dakota have arranged for tons of donated hay for drought-impacted ranchers in the Dakotas and Montana. Now they need truckers to haul it.
Sat., Aug. 12, 2017
Froma Harrop: Way of life versus fossil fuels
The fight is about more than environmentalism versus fossil fuels. It’s about money versus money. And if that’s the case, why would fossil fuel interests win over ranching, farming and …
Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 6 a.m.
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.
Mon., July 31, 2017, 8:25 p.m.
Farmer suicides rise in India as climate warms, study shows
A new study suggests that India will see more farming struggles as climate change brings hotter temperatures that damage crops and exacerbate drought.
Mon., July 31, 2017, 11:14 a.m.
Eastern Oregon wheat farmers seeing improved yields
Sitting in the cab of a John Deere tractor overlooking golden hills of wheat, Kuper Bracher waited patiently one morning last week and watched as a pair of combine harvesters …
Tue., July 25, 2017, 12:21 p.m.
Crunching the cherry numbers: 2017 might be a record harvest
As the cherry harvest goes into its “second peak,” an industry representative said 2017 appears to be on track to be a record year.
Tue., July 18, 2017, 10:53 a.m.
Armyworm influx risks worsening South Sudan hunger, U.N. says
An invasion of fall armyworms may further damage South Sudanese farming, worsening shortages in the war-torn country where half the population is already facing hunger, a Food and Agriculture Organization …
Tue., July 18, 2017
100 years ago in North Idaho: Bomb under bed sends man through roof of store
Joe Blalock was asleep in his small store in Cornwall, Idaho, near Moscow, when an explosion catapulted him all the way through the roof. Blalock was badly injured and was …
Sun., July 16, 2017
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 …
Sun., July 16, 2017
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: Sat., July 15, 2017, 4:54 p.m.
Drought in High Plains the worst some farmers have ever seen
Drought in North Dakota is laying waste to fields of normally bountiful food and hay crops and searing pastures that typically would be home to multitudes of grazing cattle.
UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 3:53 p.m.
Extreme heat broils the Dakotas and Montana; flash drought takes toll on wheat crop
A massive and intense heat dome has spread over the northern Plains and mountain West, sucking moisture out of the soil, and may persist for weeks. The scorching heat and …
Thu., July 6, 2017, 11:49 a.m.
Potato acreage down 25 percent since 2005
A Washington State University study has found a 25 percent decline in potato acreage in a significant portion of land atop the Odessa Aquifer between 2005 and 2015, due primarily …
Wed., July 5, 2017, 9:02 a.m.
Stink bugs found in Skagit County
A brown marmorated stink bug, an agriculture pest that has devastated crops for a decade on the East Coast, has been captured in Skagit County for the first time.
UPDATED: Tue., July 4, 2017, 11:16 p.m.
Agriculture pest captured in Skagit County for first time
A brown marmorated stink bug, an agriculture pest that has devastated crops for a decade on the East Coast, has for the first time been captured in Skagit County. The …
UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 2:41 p.m.
Harsh winter results in reduced Idaho wine grape crop
This year’s Idaho grape crop harvest is expected to be down significantly as a result of a bitter cold winter in the heart of Idaho wine country.
UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017, 12:05 p.m.
EPA chief met with Dow CEO before deciding on pesticide ban
The Trump administration’s top environmental official met privately with the chief executive of Dow Chemical shortly before reversing his agency’s push to ban a widely used pesticide after health studies …
UPDATED: Sun., June 25, 2017, 9:18 p.m.
Montana hemp farmer can’t irrigate her crops under federal rules
Montana’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program is underway for the first time this year, allowing approved farmers to grow the fibrous plant under oversight from the state Department of Agriculture. However, …
Fri., June 23, 2017, 8:58 a.m.
Extreme drought may lead to low wheat crop yield in Montana
An extreme drought in northeastern Montana is causing major problems for wheat farmers in the region.
Wed., June 14, 2017, 10:50 a.m.
Northwest hop acreage estimated to increase by 6 percent
Washington, Oregon and Idaho are on pace to set another record in hop acreage, but reports indicate supply is catching up to demand.
Mon., June 12, 2017, 2:49 p.m.
Rancher gives $5K reward for help finding cattle killers
An Oregon rancher has given a man a $5,000 reward for helping find and convict the two men who slaughtered his cattle.
Sun., June 4, 2017, 6 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
Fri., May 19, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
Why Trump’s combative trade stance makes U.S. farmers nervous
A sizable majority of rural Americans backed Donald Trump’s presidential bid, drawn to his calls to slash environmental rules, strengthen law enforcement and replace the federal health care law.
UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 6:59 a.m.
Agriculture museum in Pomeroy showcases Eastern Washington’s wheat farming past with help from Spokane man’s collection
The Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum in Pomeroy features a collection of tractors and farm-life relics from the region’s rich wheat farming heritage.
Sun., May 14, 2017, 5:45 a.m.
A year in the fields: Skagit Valley the heart of U.S. tulips, drawing hordes each spring
The Skagit Valley’s roughly 450 acres of tulips represent 75 percent of U.S. commercial production. About 300,000 people visit the fields during the month-long annual tulip festival in April. Those …
UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 9:22 p.m.
‘Weak calf syndrome’ gets blame for recent deaths
Washington State University researchers are trying to discover the reason behind mysterious calf deaths related to what is commonly known as “weak calf syndrome.”