Poma Fresh Helps Growers Spot Diseases Within The Leaf

In the ongoing battle against diseases, potato growers are looking for any advantage they can to improve yields. Alan Schulman, inventor of Poma Fresh said they offer growers that advantage. Poma, a software that can be used via a cellphone, tablet, or drone, looks beyond just the surface of plant for diseases. Schulman noted that […]

WSU Potato Field Day Set For June 24th

As the farming community continues the slow trek toward normalcy, the row crop sector will take a noticeable step Thursday June 24th, as Washington State University hosts their Potato Field Day in Othello. WSU’s Dr. Tim Waters said this year’s Field Day will not be like those from the past. This year’s event will be […]

NWFCS Donation Will Help Several WSU Ag Efforts

A variety of Ag research and outreach programs at Washington State University will benefit from a recent $2 million donation announced by Northwest Farm Credit Services. Funds will go to benefit the new WSU Honey Bee and Pollinator Research, Extension, and Education Facility in Othello, the Dairy Science Program, Washington State 4-H, the Tree Fruit […]

Washington Ag Community Warns No Action By Lawmakers Could Destroy Farm Economy

When the Washington Supreme court ruled in November that farm workers should receive time-and-a-half pay for work over 40 hours per week, it opened a bit of a Pandora’s Box. In their ruling, the High Court did not indicate if farm workers could seek retroactive pay for the previous three years, which has already triggered […]

McCain To Restart Construction Of Othello Expansion

After being paused because of the coronavirus pandemic, work on the McCain Foods expansion project in Othello is set to resume in early October. On Tuesday, the frozen food company announced it would restart construction of its 170,000 square foot expansion of its potato processing facility. Company officials said the $300 million investment will significantly […]

CHS Looks To Help Neighbors Through Harvest For Hunger Campaign

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Central Washington food banks have been hit hard. CHS employees are trying to help alleviate that pressure. Because of that increased demand on local pantries, CHS is distributing more than $400,000 and 30,858 pounds to those local and regional organizations. It’s all part of the annual CHS Harvest for Hunger […]

WSU Potato Field Day Cancelled

Due to state and Washington State University coronavirus policy, the 2020 WSU-Othello Potato Field Day, scheduled for June 18, has been cancelled. WSU said seed lot samples entered into the Commercial Seed Lot Trial will be evaluated for disease and other growth compromising factors in early June. The seed lot ratings will be available online and in […]

WSU’s New Honey Bee Research Facility Will Benefit Entire Ag Community

In early March, Washington State University celebrated the grand opening of its new Honey Bee & Pollinator Research, Extension and Education Facility in Othello. WSU Honey Bee scientist Steve Sheppard said this facility will benefit their years of existing research in Pullman, and allow for research expansion, such as developing in field methods when it […]

Survey Shows Concerns About Columbia Basin Water

A survey recently conducted for the Columbia Basin Development League shows those in the northern portion of the Basin are concerned about the state of local water.  The survey questioned 255 people in the Tri-Cities, Moses Lake, Ephrata, Othello, Odessa and Ritzville in September. The results show many “deeply concerned”.  The chief issue, the depletion […]

Could Othello Become World’s Largest Producer Of Potatoes?

Could Othello soon become home to the world’s largest potato processor?   McCain Foods is currently expanding their existing facility to increase the number of potatoes that can be processed.  The expansion is reportedly taking place to keep up with demand from McDonald’s after the Golden Arches expanded its all day breakfast menu.   According […]