Stories tagged: crops
UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019
Could hemp be Washington’s next cash crop? Lawmakers eye new system amid CBD boom, marijuana expansion
Both chambers of the Washington Legislature have passed laws that would create a state system for licensing hemp production. The long-outlawed cousin of marijuana hasn’t taken off in the Evergreen …
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018
Now, a group of University of Washington researchers has figured out how to put a tiny tracking sensor on a bumblebee.
Fri., Oct. 20, 2017
The deadly wildfires that ravaged communities and wineries in Northern California also severely damaged numerous marijuana farms, just before the state is expected to fully legalize the drug, in a …
Wed., Oct. 11, 2017
Hazelnut growers in Turkey ramped up production this year, driving down prices for growers in Oregon.
UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017
Farmers in the U.S. West face a creepy scourge every eight years or so: Swarms of ravenous insects that can decimate crops and cause slippery, bug-slick car crashes as they …
Sun., July 9, 2017
The unsold wheat sitting inside Buzz Mattelin’s grain silos in Montana should offer some comfort to American noodle lovers. Benchmark wheat futures in Chicago have jumped more than 37 percent …
Wed., May 10, 2017
The wet winter and spring should mean great things for wheat yields throughout the Palouse and Inland Pacific Northwest, but the continuing rains are making it difficult for area farmers …
Mon., April 24, 2017
After months of delay, the Senate is expected to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary with bipartisan support.
Wed., Feb. 15, 2017
An invasion of armyworms is stripping southern Africa of key food crops and could spread to other parts of the continent, experts warned Tuesday at an emergency meeting of 16 …
Fri., July 29, 2016
An Organic farm is seeking $210,000 from a neighboring dairy after cows escaped and defecated on the farm’s crops.
Sat., July 2, 2016
If you’ve ever driven by ripening grain fields and puzzled over what’s growing there, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Agency has a solution for you.
Tue., May 17, 2016
Genetically manipulated food remains generally safe for humans and the environment, a high-powered science advisory board declared in a report Tuesday.
Mon., May 16, 2016
Alfalfa growers in the Columbia Basin say a warm spring has caused the crop to mature early, causing stems to grow at the expense of leaves. Ben Schaapman said he …
Tue., March 1, 2016
Federal regulators have ordered the makers of a widely used insecticide to take it off the market because it harms tiny aquatic animals.
Tue., March 10, 2015
PALOUSE, Wash. – It’s late February on Ben Barstow’s farm just west of town. But when he stoops to examine the tiny sprouts of winter wheat emerging from his fields, …
Thu., Jan. 24, 2013
For much of the Northern Hemisphere, this has been another harsh winter. Bitterly cold temperatures have been felt in parts of California and Arizona over the past few weeks, damaging …
Sun., Dec. 2, 2012
HERMISTON, Ore. – Sweet potatoes might prove to be a sweet crop for Columbia Basin growers. The crop did surprisingly well in 2011 and 2012 trials near Pasco, producing yields …
Sun., April 10, 2011
It is finally time to plant cool-season crops. I grow a lot of different types each year and sow the seeds of nearly all of them directly into the garden. …
Wed., Sept. 30, 2009
The effects of pests, drought and disease on hop and mint plants — and how those stresses influence the taste of beer and gum — will be the subject of …
Wed., April 8, 2009
Cooler than usual spring weather could put Washington’s cherry crop behind schedule.