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As harvest begins, apple industry weighing its options amid tariffs

The Washington state apple crop that could be adversely affected by trade disputes. Tariffs have been implemented on U.S. apples by China and Mexico and also are planned by India. …


In the Garden: Use lessons from harvest to plow into planning for next year’s garden

With the end of the garden season rapidly approaching, it’s time to reflect on how this year’s garden performed. Two challenges were high temperatures and hazardous air quality from regional …


Frost, drought hit wine production hard in Europe

Hail, frost and droughts have hit Europe’s grape harvest hard, making it the smallest in 36 years. The quality of the wines, though, is expected to be excellent.


Wet spring and summer’s heat deliver mixed wheat harvest

Most years, the Green family can harvest through the month of August with few interruptions. But this year’s harvest has been more sporadic. A protracted rainy season was followed by …


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 …


Marijuana farmers, including Spokane City Council member, hinge hopes on harvest

During last year’s outdoor-grown marijuana harvest, state farmers produced 38 tons of the drug. State officials say this year’s crop may be even larger, and it will include pot grown …


Gardening: How to tell when it’s time to pick

One of the biggest questions I get is how to tell when a cantaloupe or a watermelon is ripe. It’s not easy to tell.


Gardening: Still waiting for ripe tomatoes? It’s the weather, not you

It’s time to give roses their last dose of fertilizer and harvest garlic and onions.


Cherry growers looking forward to yet another bountiful harvest

Barring widespread heavy rain or other disasters, Northwest cherry growers expect to hit the 20-million-box mark during the upcoming harvest, according to the first forecast from Northwest Cherry Growers, a …


100 years ago in Lind: Shoemaker arrested in scheme to burn down store

From our archives, 100 years ago Several arsonists were foiled in the act of trying to burn down the hardware store at Lind.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 8, 2015, 10:21 p.m.

Spokane County growers anticipate world’s largest marijuana harvest

Spokane County marijuana farmers are gearing up for what they anticipate will be the largest harvest of the crop anywhere in the world. But banking and safety concerns continue to …


Early wheat harvest produces lower yield because of weather

STEPTOE, Wash. – Combines crawling across the hills of the Palouse, threshing the nation’s largest wheat crop, signal an annual end to summer in southeastern Washington. But if you plan …


Friends, neighbors help ill Whitman County farmer harvest fields

LAMONT, Wash. – The farmers surrounding this small Whitman County town all know each other. They went to school together, played on the same football team and rode the same …


Refugee project plans its next harvest

The Refugees’ Harvest Project is getting ready for another urban harvest season, and it’s looking for refugees who are interested in volunteering and for growers in the Spokane-area who would …


Walla Walla sweet onion harvest begins

WALLA WALLA — Some farmers in the Walla Walla area have already started harvesting their Walla Walla sweet onions. KVEW reports the harvest is starting about a week-and-a-half early. The …


Second Harvest plans gleaning project

Second Harvest, a local nonprofit food distribution center, is gearing up to host a similar but unrelated produce collection effort in the area for the next couple months. The organization …


Immigration crackdown changes harvest plans

ATLANTA — It’s unclear whether farmers in Georgia and Alabama will face a shortage of workers due to tough new laws targeting illegal immigration, but some producers said they have …


Volunteers gather 30,000 pounds of produce for food bank

An apple a day can help keep hunger at bay. And thousands of pounds of apples can feed a lot of hungry people. More than 200 volunteers descended on Green …


Volunteers harvest food for area hungry

An apple a day can help keep hunger at bay. And thousands of pounds of apples can feed a lot of hungry people. More than 200 volunteers descended on Green …


Curtiss, Wild Sage team up for classes

For those itching to draw spring a bit closer, Wild Sage American Bistro and Kathy Curtiss of Singing Gardens are offering a series of seasonal classes called Seed the Feast …


Roots farm project plans celebration

The Roots community-supported agriculture program is having an end-of-the-season harvest party and fundraiser at 2 p.m. Saturday at its farm at 6039 Davenport St. in Dalton Gardens. Admission is $10 …


Residents hope to salvage burned timber

A wildfire spared Toby Rodrigues’ home last month when it roared through the gated community where he lives near Dishman Hills Natural Area. He was not so fortunate with his …


Early July freeze tempers wheat farmers’ optimism

COLFAX – Winds that fanned wildfires in Spokane two weeks ago delivered a cold slap to farmers. Temperatures the night of July 10 dipped into the mid-20s and nipped spring …


Groups File Suit To Halt Idaho Salvage Logging

Two Montana environmental groups have filed suit in federal court to halt salvage logging in burned areas of the Boise National Forest. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and the …


Oregon Senators Say Clinton ‘Coming Around’ They Expect President To Eventually Sign Legislation Insulating Salvage Logging

Oregon Sens. Mark Hatfield and Bob Packwood said Tuesday they expect President Clinton eventually will sign legislation insulating salvage logging on national forests from legal challenges. “My personal opinion is …


Gorton Wants Logging Quotas

Logging levels projected for this year and next in national forests with northern spotted owls would become mandatory minimums insulated from lawsuits under a proposal Sen. Slade Gorton offered Tuesday. …


Gorton Seeks More Logging

Sen. Slade Gorton said Wednesday he probably will try to exempt President Clinton’s Northwest forest plan from U.S. environmental laws to allow more logging this year. And he said he …