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Columbia River barge lock to return to service Sept. 30

Sep. 11, 2019 10:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Huge barges carrying wheat, wood and other goods will remain at a standstill for the rest of the month while workers repair a critical navigation lock at the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River. The locks will reopen Sept. 30, officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in...

Broken Columbia River barge lock means commerce chokehold

Sep. 9, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A critical navigation lock at the mighty Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River has shut down because of cracked concrete, meaning huge barges that transport millions of tons of wheat, wood and other goods from the inland Pacific Northwest to the Pacific Ocean for export are at a...

Report: Kansas wheat planting begins, corn harvest picks up

Sep. 9, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas farmers have begun planting their next year's winter wheat crops. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 1% of the winter wheat has now been planted in Kansas. That is near the average for this time of year. The agency also reports that 4% of the corn...

Report mostly upbeat about quality of Kansas wheat harvest

Sep. 6, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Preliminary data offers a mostly upbeat assessment of the quality of this year's winter wheat harvest in Kansas. The National Agricultural Statistics Service and the Kansas Grain Inspection Service released on Friday its annual wheat quality report. Some 13,780 samples from 48 Kansas...

Ritzville rallied to help farmer fighting cancer

Aug. 18, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

RITZVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Larry Yockey seeded 1,200 acres of wheat last fall as he always did. Following two years of bumper crops, he believed 2019 had the potential to be another strong season. Then, during the depths of winter, Yockey received the devastating news: he had stage four melanoma. The initial...

Washington wheat prices selling for at or below costs

Aug. 15, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Wheat farmers are harvesting their crop in Washington, but are selling it for prices at or below what it costs to produce. The Spokesman-Review says farmers took a hit this week by a federal forecast that drove down the already low prices. On Friday, the base price at Portland for a...