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Community reaping

It’s only about 1 acre of wheat, but on Thursday morning it got all the attention at East Valley Farm and Community Garden. A small combine from Crop Production Services …


Morning Review: Wheat, cow poop and the ultimate comeback kid

Check out our guide to today’s top Spokesman-Review stories.


Monsanto: Modified wheat ‘isolated occurrence’

PORTLAND — A genetically modified test strain of wheat that emerged to the surprise of an Oregon farmer last month was likely the result of an accident or deliberate mixing …


Kansas farmer sues Monsanto over GMO wheat

A Kansas farmer has sued seed giant Monsanto over last week’s discovery of genetically engineered experimental wheat in an 80-acre field in Oregon, claiming the company’s gross negligence hurt U.S. …


Japan suspends wheat imports after GMO discovery

Japan has suspended some imports of U.S. wheat after genetically engineered wheat was found on an Oregon farm. The Agriculture Department announced the discovery of the modified wheat on Wednesday. …


The Rock Doc: Durum wheat now has a softer side

Eighty years ago, my mother was in grade school, where paste was made by mixing a little flour and water together. Memories of that simple glue came back to her …


Growers hear from harsh critic

Ken Cook has been raising havoc with American farm policy for more than a decade. By offering a free, easy-to-search online list of every federal subsidy paid to every individual …


Blaze razes grain elevator in Odessa

Fire destroyed an Odessa, Wash., grain elevator Tuesday night, burning more than 20,000 bushels of wheat, barley and canola. The cause of the fire at the Odessa Union Warehouse Cooperative’s …


Colfax farmer finds challenges, rewards in new field of work

COLFAX – Randy Suess taught junior high and rose to superintendent of Steptoe School District before quitting to grow wheat on his family’s acreage in Whitman County. When asked what …


Wheat growers eager for some warmth

The recent wave of June rains has been a bonanza for Washington’s wheat growers. Now farmers are ready for some sun and heat to combat what has become a pesky …


Next farm bill likely won’t include direct payments

A program that puts billions of dollars in the pockets of farmers whether or not they plant a crop may disappear with hardly a protest from farm groups and the …


Farmers’ hopes grow for profitable wheat harvest

COLFAX – A wet spring has led to optimal conditions for the region’s new crop of winter wheat. And if prices hold, farmers are poised for another good year.


Money & Markets report undergoes changes

Today readers will notice a few changes to our Money & Markets report on the following page. Expanding on our commodities report, we’ve added Northwest wheat prices halfway down the …


Former grain states seeing wheat revival

WESTFIELD, Vt. – Amber waves of grain are rippling again in parts of New England, once considered the region’s bread basket. Vermont and Maine ceded that distinction to the Midwest …


Latah County seeks federal disaster aid

Latah County has been added to a list of local Idaho governments requesting federal aid for thousands of acres of farmland swamped by adverse spring weather. County commissioners signed a …


Persistent rain helping, hindering wheat crops

RITZVILLE – Enough already. A soggy spring has put Eastern Washington’s wheat crop more than a week behind schedule in many areas, hampered spring seeding in others and prodded some …


Colfax-based Joseph’s Grainery now selling Palouse-grown grains, lentils across region

If the Myers family of Colfax had a family crest, Bill Myers says the inscription would read, “There’s got to be a better way.” The fifth-generation farmer is only half-joking …


Wheat farmers may feel impact

Whether it’s revolution in the Middle East or an earthquake and tsunami in Japan, this year has already been tumultuous for the region’s wheat industry. Japan buys more Washington-grown wheat …


Census: Dwindling small towns determined to fight extinction

LaCROSSE, Wash. – The worn sign on the road into town reads: “Welcome to LaCrosse. Home of the Tigercats. Population 415.” It was painted a long time ago. Today the …


Prison bakery to use regional wheat

Domestic violence put him behind bars 10 years ago, but Donald Kanne has plans for a better life when he leaves prison. And he owes it in part to dough.


Unrest in Egypt concerns Washington wheat farmers

The political unrest gripping Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries has wheat farmers half a world away in Washington worried. Egypt is the world’s largest wheat buyer, securing enough grain …


Expected slow melt, rain should help crops, forecaster says

Keep your hat and gloves at the ready because cold weather will linger across the Inland Northwest throughout the rest of this winter and into spring. Art Douglas, who farmers …


Erratic winter hasn’t hurt wheat yet, farmers say

MOSCOW – With lower temperatures predicted for weeks to come, farmers are eyeing their soggy grounds where winter wheat lies dormant. Without snow insulating the planted crops, low temperatures could …


Palouse’s wheat farmers harvest the year’s near-perfect mix

ALMOTA – Wheat farmers across the Inland Northwest are collecting on a trifecta this year: a bumper crop, solid grain prices and continued government subsidies. The wheat crop is the …


Russian drought helping Washington wheat farmers

The promise of a profitable year for Washington wheat farmers became more likely Thursday because of events on the other side of the globe.


Drought, fire hinder Russian wheat

MOSCOW – A severe drought destroyed one-fifth of the wheat crop in Russia, the world’s third-largest exporter, and now wildfires are sweeping in to finish off some of the fields …


Wheat yield looks big, thanks to rain

A cool and moist late spring may have posed problems for some Washington crops, but it looks to be a boon to dryland wheat farmers.


Hail damages wheat in Grant County

A violent hailstorm damaged crops in the Coulee City and Hartline areas of Grant County on Wednesday evening, sending water down gullies and leaving up to six inches of hail …


Hail storm damages Grant County crops

A violent hail storm damaged crops in the Coulee City and Hartline areas of Grant County Wednesday evening, sending water down gullies and leaving up to six inches of hail …


Willamette Valley growers swap grass for wheat

SALEM – As growers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley shift from grass seed to wheat, the question on many minds is: What are growers going to do with all that wheat? …