NW farming http://www.kplu.org en 'Cropswap' website takes barter between home gardeners online http://www.kplu.org/post/cropswap-website-takes-barter-between-home-gardeners-online <p>What do you do when you’ve got a bumper crop of zucchini or lettuce?&nbsp;Or flower bulbs that have multiplied like rabbits? Many people give their extras away.&nbsp;And in the down economy, more and more hobby gardeners are trading their bounty at swap meets.&nbsp;</p><p>A <a href="http://www.cropswap.me/want.php?z=98121">new website</a> from a team in Seattle and Tacoma makes those transactions easier.</p><p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 20:00:35 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6192 at http://www.kplu.org 'Cropswap' website takes barter between home gardeners online 'Zebra Chip' Disease Concerns Northwest Potato Growers http://www.kplu.org/post/zebra-chip-disease-concerns-northwest-potato-growers RICHLAND, Wash. – Northwest agriculture researchers say they are finding more cases of a zebra chip disease in the region’s potatoes. The malady mars spuds with dark streaks, making them unsuitable for sale. The latest case cropped up near Hermiston, Oregon.<p>First discovered in the Northwest last year, zebra chip is a grower’s worst nightmare. Silvia Rondon with Oregon State University say the insects that carry the disease are the size of aphids. Wed, 01 Aug 2012 23:33:26 +0000 Anna King 5843 at http://www.kplu.org 'Zebra Chip' Disease Concerns Northwest Potato Growers Widespread drought means NW farmers cash in on strong grain prices http://www.kplu.org/post/widespread-drought-means-nw-farmers-cash-strong-grain-prices CONNELL, Wash. – Drought that’s sizzling the rest of the nation has largely left the Northwest states alone. Furthermore, the Midwest’s farmers’ misfortune is actually benefiting farmers here. That’s because grain prices are raising because of the Heartland’s decimated yields.<p>Wheat stubble, grain elevators and whole lot of wide open -– that’s Connell, Washington.<p>There, I caught up with Dana Herron and his partner Craig Teel. The men run a grain seed operation. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:10:56 +0000 5801 at http://www.kplu.org Widespread drought means NW farmers cash in on strong grain prices Dreary June forecast has Northwest cherry farmers a bit worried http://www.kplu.org/post/dreary-june-forecast-has-northwest-cherry-farmers-bit-worried RICHLAND, Wash. – The Northwest cherry harvest is set to begin next week, but farmers are a bit glum. That’s because the National Weather Service says this month’s temperatures will be near or below average across Washington, Oregon and Idaho.<p>Cool weather and rain can delay ripening and compress the cherry growing season. That means that markets have less time to sell the perishable fruit. Plus, farmers may have a harder time recruiting enough labor in a shortened season.<p>And there’s another problem according to the Washington Fruit Commission's B.J. Thurlby. Mon, 04 Jun 2012 22:38:45 +0000 5186 at http://www.kplu.org Dreary June forecast has Northwest cherry farmers a bit worried