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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

Backpack-wearing bumblebees could buzz fields, tell farmers how crops are doing

Now, a group of University of Washington researchers has figured out how to put a tiny tracking sensor on a bumblebee.

Wildfires scorched marijuana crops, possibly complicating California’s rollout of legal sales

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 …

Big overseas hazelnut crop cuts prices for Oregon growers

Hazelnut growers in Turkey ramped up production this year, driving down prices for growers in Oregon.

UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017

Insect attack! U.S. West is battling crop-killing swarms

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 …

Fear not, pasta lovers: your meal is safe from wheat price surge

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 …

Will continuing rains be beneficial or harmful to crops?

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 …

Senate set to confirm Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

After months of delay, the Senate is expected to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary with bipartisan support.

Armyworm invasion threatening southern Africa’s crops

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 …

Organic farmer seeks $210,000 after cows defecate on crops

An Organic farm is seeking $210,000 from a neighboring dairy after cows escaped and defecated on the farm’s crops.

What’s growing in that there field? New signs tell the story

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.

GMO food safe but not curing hunger, report says

Genetically manipulated food remains generally safe for humans and the environment, a high-powered science advisory board declared in a report Tuesday.

Northwest alfalfa growers challenged by warm spring

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 …

Widely used insecticide pulled from market

Federal regulators have ordered the makers of a widely used insecticide to take it off the market because it harms tiny aquatic animals.

Palouse wheat farmers hopeful, cautious about early growth

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, …

Another harsh winter killing crops

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 …

Sweet potatoes showing promise

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 …

Time is now to plant lettuce, other root crops

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. …

WSU wins $15M grant for specialty crop research

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 …

Cherry crop may be delayed; apple crop larger

Cooler than usual spring weather could put Washington’s cherry crop behind schedule.