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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, 9:42 p.m.

The history of corn

Corn has a storied and prominent place in human history.


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.

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.


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 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 …


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.


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 …