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Drone-based business flies high on possibilities

By Trista Crossley
Editor

Down in the Tri-Cities, Kurt and Melody Beckley are confident growers will see the possibilities their new drone-based business, Altitude Agri Services, offers. “I find I’m anticipating that moment when more growers see what the drones are capable of doing, and they want to embrace them and take advantage of…

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Knowledge is key to effective herbicide use

By Trista Crossley
Editor

Identification and knowing when a plant is most vulnerable are critical when it comes to chemical weed control in pasture and rangeland according to Jerry Ellis, area sales manager for Envu. Ellis was presenting at the first Agricultural Marketing and Management Organization’s seminar last month. More than two dozen growers…

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AMMO is coming to town

By Trista Crossley
Editor

The Agricultural Marketing and Management Organization (AMMO) is back, with a 2023 calendar that includes seminars on herbicides, taxes and the markets.  “We are excited to be fully back to in-person seminars this year. I think many people are tired of webinars and are looking for opportunities to get away…

On Impact

By Trista Crossley
Editor

For the past four years, Mader Enterprises has been practicing harvest weed seed control on their farm near Pullman, Wash. In late October, area growers gathered at Greg Mader’s farm shop to hear some of the things they’ve learned and to meet one of the experts on harvest weed seed…

Different crops, same issues

By Trista Crossley
Editor

Farmers in the Skagit Valley may be producing crops unthinkable in Eastern Washington, but they face many of the same pressures as dryland wheat farmers do. At stop after stop, producers on last month’s legislative food and farm tour discussed issues such as farmland preservation, labor, the cost of inputs,…

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Insight into rising costs of inputs

By Trista Crossley
Editor

Since last fall, the cost of inputs has been steadily rising with no relief in sight, leaving some Eastern Washington wheat farmers wondering if they’ll be able to get what they need when spring rolls around. According to Dave Barta, division manager for Nutrien Ag Solutions, costs on the crop…

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Food and Farm Tour

By Trista Crossley
Editor

More than 60 legislators, legislative staff and industry stakeholders descended on Walla Walla in late September to take part in a two-day food and farm tour that highlighted issues facing agriculture and celebrated the region’s many farms. Stops on the tour included a wheat farm, a grain elevator, a vineyard,…