Agriculture and Animals

Washington Cherry Season
6:09 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Dreary June Forecast Has Northwest Cherry Farmers A Bit Worried

Cool weather and rain could delay ripening and compress the cherry growing season.
Photo credit: Anna King Northwest News Network

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.

Cool weather and rain and 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.

And there’s another problem according to the Washington Fruit Commission's B.J. Thurlby. He says rain can spoil the fruit on the branch.

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Reward For Grizzly Killer
4:40 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Killer Of Grizzly Mother And Cub Sought

A female grizzly bear & family rambles through Yellowstone National Park.
Photo credit: Kim Keating U.S. Geological Survey

Idaho state and federal officials are searching for whoever killed a female Grizzly bear and her cub. Grizzly bears are a federally protected Endangered Species.

The incident occurred north of the town of Bonners Ferry on Hall Mountain. The animals were discovered on Friday by a hiker.

Idaho Fish and Game Spokesman Phil Cooper says it’s not known if a hunter mistook the Griz for a black bear, shot it, and then noticed the cub, “and then approached the animal , saw it had a cub with it and panicked, or whether it went through their mind that this animal is going to starve, I’m going to shoot rather than let it starve, who knows”.

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Cougar Shot By Boise PD
4:45 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Boise Police Kill Cougar On Boise State Campus

A cougar was shot and killed by Boise Police on the BSU campus.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Mike Searson Wikimedia Commons

Early Tuesday morning a Boise police officer shot and killed a mountain lion on the Boise State University campus.

Idaho Fish and Game Senior Conservation Officer Matt O’Connell says it’s likely the same cat that was first spotted in an east Boise foothills neighborhood Friday and seen several times Monday morning near downtown. O’Connell says police responded to calls from Boise State staffers who saw the lion eating from a dumpster near the student union building.

He says that’s unusual behavior for this species.

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Cause Of Orca Death Unknown
5:21 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Report Inconclusive On What Killed Orca L112

Orca L112 was necropsied near Long Beach, Washington.
Cascadia Research

Scientists are still trying to pinpoint the cause of death for a young female orca that washed up near Long Beach, Washington in February.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report today with details from the whale’s necropsy.

Right now scientists still aren’t sure what caused the death of orca L112, also known as “Victoria”.

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Northwest Hay At Premium
4:32 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Hay Farmers Looking To Bale Some Profits This Season

Drex Gaunt is an alfalfa grower near Burbank, Washington, and board member of the Washington Hay Growers Association. This year, demand for Northwest hay should be high because of decreased holdovers from last year.
Photo credit: Anna King Northwest News Network

Hay farmers in Eastern Washington are beginning to cut their fields. It’s the first harvest of the Northwest hay season. New numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show there’s less hay left over from last year. As Anna King reports, that’s good news for alfalfa and timothy growers.

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Spring Crops Springing
3:48 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Northwest Asparagus To Pop Up Within Days, Other Crops Springing Too

The Eastern Washington asparagus crop appears to be right on schedule.
Photo credit: lengmomo/ Flickr Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Northwest spring is getting off to a wet start. But Eastern Washington farmers report it appears to be right on schedule.

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Oregon Shrimp Season
3:44 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Oregon Shrimpers Work to Reduce Bycatch

ODFW Biologist Bob Hannah (center) poses with crew members of the Miss Yvonne behind a bycatch reduction device. The tighter spacing on the bars of the device makes it the most effective at reducing bycatch yet.
Photo credit: ODFW Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Oregon's shrimp season starts April 1st. No fooling. Officials say the latest technology is helping to prevent other critters from getting caught up in shrimpers' nets.

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Colony Collapse
4:36 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Northwest Beekeepers Using Fruit, Potato Storage Warehouses To Over Winter Precious Pollinators

Colony collapse is threatening bees.
Photo Credit: TJBlackwell Wikimedia commons

The mysterious disappearance of honey bees known as colony collapse disorder continues to be an issue for farmers across the country. As scientists study why this is happening, one Yakima area farmer thinks he may have a solution for at least one of the possible causes. Correspondent Anna King explains.

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