Matthew Weaver

Washington/Idaho Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Washington Potato Commission exec: ‘We’re out of acres’

- Washington state farmers would like to increase potato exports, but can’t grow more of the crop without more irrigated acres or increased yields, Voigt says.

Smoke, heat knock Washington potato crop down to average

- Washington state’s potato crop was well above-average for yield and quality but its growth rate has stalled.

Washington ag director talks trade uncertainty

- Agriculture bears the brunt of trade disputes and disruptions as part of retaliatory tariffs, says Derek Sandison, director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Stripe rust season: ‘A good year for farmers’

- Stripe rust was “quite normal” in commercial fields, a USDA Agricultural Research Service research geneticist says.

Former NIFA chief questions USDA decision to relocate institute

- Former National Institute of Food and Agriculture director Sonny Ramaswamy is questioning the USDA’s decision to relocate the agency outside of Washington, D.C., by the end of 2019.

Wheat prices climb with Russian, European crop problems

- The wheat market is responding to smaller crops in competing countries overseas, and prices will continue to go up, market analysts say.

Trump working on bilateral deals with Canada, Mexico instead of NAFTA

- President Donald Trump is working to replace NAFTA with bilateral agreements with Canada and Mexico, the chairman of the House Ag Committee told Washington agricultural leaders Aug. 8.

Washington group shares grazing concerns with Forest Service chief

- Users of the Colville National Forest met with U.S. Forest Service interim chief Vicki Christiansen Aug. 2 in Colville, Wash.

U.S. Forest Service interim chief tours A to Z Project

- Vicki Christiansen, interim chief of the U.S. Forest Service, toured the Colville National Forest A to Z Project, a partnership between the public agency and the private sector to improve forest health, reduce wildfire risk...

Falling number appears in wheat, not as ‘massive’ as 2016

- Roughly half of falling number tests in the Spokane office of the state grain inspection program so far have been below the industry standard of 300, says Scott Steinbacher, Eastern Washington regional manager.

Idaho farmer experiments with ancient, landrace grains

- Athol, Idaho, farmer Luke Black grows out rare ancient and heritage grains, in hopes of cultivating them for local bakers.

Youth ranch continues to grow, looks to future

- The number of students using the Jensen Memorial Youth Ranch in Medical Lake, Wash., for their FFA and 4-H livestock projects is growing, volunteer Craig Grub says.

Red Walla Walla sweet onions 10 years in the making

- Walla Walla, Wash., sweet onion farmer Michael J. Locati has introduced a rosé Walla Walla sweet onion to the marketplace, available on a limited basis. Locati hopes to keep improving the color while retaining the popu...

Wheat farmers eye prices as harvest continues

- Soft white wheat prices remain near the $6 per bushel mark. Farmers like Jim Kent, raising wheat near Prescott, Wash., hope to see them go higher. But world production problems don’t necessarily mean more U.S. sales,...

Researchers continue to combat growing ventenata threat

- The invasive grass species ventenata continues to spread throughout northern Idaho and Eastern Washington. University of Idaho plant science professor Tim Prather says the weed can cut the life and production of a stand of ...

U.S. Wheat hires new technician for South America

- A new technician position in South America will help increase market demand for all U.S. wheat classes. Andres Saturno joined the team July 9.

As harvest gets underway, Northwest wheat crop looks ‘superb’

- Pacific Northwest wheat leaders says they are optimistic. Early reports indicate average yields or higher and slightly higher prices compared to last year.

Outlook ‘cautiously optimistic’ for low falling number in wheat

- USDA research plant molecular geneticist Camille Steber says she is cautiously optimistic about the prospects of falling number in this year’s Pacific Northwest wheat crop. Steber is testing wheat samples for suscept...

New U.S. Wheat chairman: Trump thinking about farmers’ best interests

- President Donald Trump has wheat farmers’ best interests at heart, new U.S. Wheat chairman Chris Kolstad of Montana says. But growers are not as patient as Trump because their livelihoods are at stake, he says.

Shepherd’s Grain brings farmers, customers together

- Manager Mark Swenson says he expects demand for the company’s flour to increase.

New aphid’s presence grows in Northwest

- The wheat grass aphid is the most abundant aphid in the Pacific Northwest.

Washington AgForestry Foundation seeks more farmers

- Kara Kaelber, facilitator of Wheat Week, will join the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation as program manager July 23.

Drought increases problems for forest managers

- Drought exacerbates other forest problems, says Washington State University Extension forester Andy Perleberg.

Western Innovator: Helping ranchers deal with wolves

- Jay Shepherd is working to help ranchers deal with wolves from the ground up.

Hessian flies on the rise in Washington spring wheat

- Hessian fly is on the rise in Washington spring wheat varieties. Washington State University spring wheat breeder Mike Pumphrey urges farmers to plant resistant varieties.

Columbia River talks center on keystone of region’s economy

- Negotiations began in May on Columbia River Treaty.

Fusarium head blight hits irrigated wheat fields in Columbia Basin

- Washington Grain Commission member Dana Herron said he’s primarily seeing damage in dark northern spring wheat, the highest-priced wheat class.

USDA adds full-time falling number researcher

- Federal funding will pay for a full-time USDA Agricultural Research Service position to study falling numbers at Pullman, Wash.