Law Enforcement Reminding Everyone Of The Dangers Of Irrigation Canals Ponds

Now that we’re in the dog days of summer, it may be tempting for those on the farm, or near a farm to cool off in irrigation water. But local law enforcement is reminding you of the dangers of irrigation water. Investigators say a 44-year-old man died Sunday after he drowned in an irrigation canal […]

July Set To Wrap Up On A Hot Note

For many across the Northwest, this has already been an intense summer. So, it maybe hard to believe, but 56 days remain in summer. Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said while the first month of summer has been extremely hot and extremely dry, there is some reason for encouragement. She noted that […]

Washington Farm Community Adjusts To Emergency Heat Rules

After the record breaking heatwave in late June and the fact that there’s still a lot of summer left here in the Pacific Northwest, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ has implemented emergency rules the agency said will help protect farm workers in extreme heat. New regulations are set under two conditions: when […]

Lohmann Already Confident 2021 Will Be A Year For The Record Books

It’s dry across the Northwest, but just how dry is making many take note. Marilyn Lohman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said when it comes to precipitation deficits: Wenatchee: 1 ½”-2” Yakima: 2”-2 ½” Pullman: 2”-3” Tri-Cities: 3” Central Oregon [Bend/Redmond]: 3” Spokane: 5” “But there is an area stretching from central Oregon through […]

2021 Cherry Harvest Closes In On 14 Million Boxes Shipped

As the 2021 cherry harvest continues, the news is both good and not so good. To date nearly 13,767,157 20-pound boxes have been picked and shipped, and it looks like the supply will meet the demand of late July promotions. However, the impact of the late June heat is really starting to impact numbers. According […]

Lohmann: Rain Unlikely Through The End Of The Month

No surprise, June was a month of records with extreme temperatures of 118 recorded in two locations in southern Washington, as well as a handful of other communities across the Northwest well into the 110s, but the hot, dry weather must come to an end soon. Right? Unfortunately it won’t change anytime soon. Meteorologist Marilyn […]

Honig: Cherry Crop Has Not Been Greatly Impacted By Heat

Farmers across the west have been plagued this year by extremely dry weather, including producers right here in the Pacific Northwest. Yet, NASS’ Lance Honig said right now, it looks like one of the biggest crops in the region has not been greatly impacted. “Sweet cherries not so much suffering from that situation that obviously […]

Oregon OSHA Adopts New Heat Related Rules

Last week, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division, OSHA, adopted an emergency rule requiring employers to put new safeguards in place during extreme heat events. Under the new rules, when the heat index is at or above 80 degrees, employers are required to provide access to “sufficient shade and an adequate supply of drinking […]