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Episode 98: Ag Burning: A Program That Works

10.6.18 The battle between wheat farmers wanting to maintain fire as a tool and air activists wanting to extinguish the practice, was hard fought nearly 20 years ago. Today, burning wheat stubble in Eastern Washington remains an alternative, but it is done with nary a complaint over smoke, thanks to the Washington Department of Ecology’s […]

District 5 New Commissioner: Stacy Kniveton

Stacy Kniveton
Pasco, WA

Candidate Profile:
Education: Washington State University, BS Agribusiness
Years of Farming: 30
Affiliations: Washington State Potato Commission;Big Bend Electric Coop Trustee
Misc. Information: Farmer, Sales Manager at Tri State Seed

 Candidate Statement:
I am a 3rd generation irrigated farmer from Eltopia, WA.  I married Olivia Grassl who is a 3rd generation dryland farmers daughter from Connell, WA.  Olivia, myself […]

Episode 97: What? Me Retire? Lessons On Life After Farming

With a generation of Eastern Washington wheat farmers on the cusp of retirement, who better to guide them through its economic and emotional complexities than farmers who have gone before? In episode 97 entitled: “What? Me Retire? Lessons on Life After Farming”, Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, […]

Episode 96: The Brave New World of Farming Comes to Farmington

10.23.18 Sensors planted in fields and drones flying overhead, both collecting data to improve crops and reduce inputs, is not science fiction anymore. In episode 96 entitled, “The Brave New World of Farming Comes to Farmington”, Andrew Nelson explains what he’s hoping to accomplish as part of an effort that has him partnering with Microsoft. […]

Episode 95: Wolf’s Guide to Wacky Northwest Weather

10.16.18 A weak El Nino with the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) in the positive phase is facing Eastern Washington wheat farmers in the 2018/2019 crop season, the same set-up that brought the region’s worst drought in modern history in the 1976/1977 crop year. But don’t despair, Jeremy Wolf, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said […]

Episode 94: Dennis Solbrack May Not Bleed Green, But He Lives Green–John Deere Green!

10.9.18 Episode 94 continues an engaging discussion with Dennis Solbrack, new product engineer at the Pape Machinery location outside Colfax, Wash. In the second of two parts, Solbrack talks about the ownership of data that today’s machinery spews by the second, exactly what sort of work farmers can perform on today’s software laden equipment, competition […]

Growing wheat is practicing chemistry

By Dana Herron

How many of you are familiar with cereal chemistry?  Does the phrase conjure up visions of mad scientists frantically whipping up a new cereal?  Actually, you’re not that far off!  The only misnomer is the mad part.  Let me explain.

Recently three wheat commissioners and Mary Sullivan, vice president of the Washington Grain Commission, […]

Chugging toward the last stop on the eyespot, Cephalosporium stripe express

By Tim Murray

There is a light at the end of the Cephalosporium stripe and eyespot tunnel—and it’s not a train!

Cephalosporium and eyespot, which was formerly referred to as strawbreaker foot rot, have been through several tunnels already and come out better for it in terms of our understanding of the diseases as well as reducing […]

Board team travel an eye-opening experience

By Mike Carstensen

Clearing customs in Beijing, a half world away from my center of the universe 10 miles north of Almira, I found myself face-to-face with a Chinese policeman carrying an automatic rifle and a stern expression. We may not have spoken the same language, but his message was clear: “No photos!”

Although I’ve only served […]

Sixty years of advocacy!

By Scott A. Yates

Reading the minutes from the first meeting of the Washington Wheat Commission held on April 30, 1958 reveals the creation of an organization that went through some birthing pains.
Or as Joe Dwyer, then the director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture, said as acting chairman of the organization at the inaugural […]