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Updated 5 days, 17 hours ago

A problem of pollen: Essential critters facing uphill battle in Washington

OLYMPIA — There’s something most people can do quite easily and quickly to help out the state’s bees, butterflie...

Updated 1 week ago
Scientists seek better ways to keep organic fruit fresh

Increasingly popular with consumers, Washington-grown organic apples and pears thrive in the region’s dry, disease-discouraging climate.

Updated 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Apple, peaches hold up through heat, other fruits suffer

ROYAL CITY — During the worst of the summer heat, Kole Tonnemaker said he had a hard time keeping his orchard watered.

Updated 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Witherbee announces change after 20 years at helm

WENATCHEE — After leading the Washington Apple Education Foundation, or WAEF, as its executive director for 20 years, Jennifer Witherbee has announced she in...

Updated 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Wheat, barley harvests hit hard by drought

MOSES LAKE — The scorched and desiccated dryland wheat in parts of the Columbia Basin earlier this year were an indication of what a lot of farmers probably ...

Updated 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Water use high as record-breaking summer bakes Basin

PASCO — When it hit 115 degrees on June 29, irrigators across the Columbia Basin had one option.

Updated 1 month ago
Vegetable association conference returns to in-person

KENNEWICK — The Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association will stage its annual conference in person this year at the Three Rivers Convention Center.

Updated 1 month ago
Spud harvest hurt by heat

MOSES LAKE — While potato farmers in the Columbia Basin could call on all the water they needed during this year’s drought, the heat still posed risks and ha...

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Studying the dirt beneath your feet

PROSSER — To get the most out of your irrigation equipment, the chemicals you put on your crops, and the water you use, it helps to know something about the ...

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
It’s all about the stress: Finding ways to make irrigation more efficient

PROSSER — Geraldine Diverres-Naranjo minces no words when she describes her home in the Canary Islands.