Washington’s Snowpack In “Very Good Shape” To Start April

“Pretty Incredible” That’s how Scott Pattee with the Washington NRCS describes the statewide snowpack, which sits at 131% of average for this time of year, the highest statewide average across the west. Pattee noted the snow year started very slowly and didn’t catch up normal until February. He added that temperatures, as of recent, have […]

Easterday Admits To Cattle Scam

A Tri-Cities area rancher pleaded guilty this week to a single count of wire fraud and faces up to 20 years in prison for managing cows he never owned. Investigators say the scam started in 2016, when Cody Easterday contacted with Tyson Foods, to purchase and maintain cattle for the packing giant. However, the cows […]

Tyson Offers COVID Vaccinations To Workers

Tyson Foods held a free, onsite COVID-19 vaccination event Thursday, encouraging workers at their Pasco beef plant to get immunized. Prior to Thursday’s event, only 100 of the 1,400 employees at the plant had been vaccinated, and company officials were hoping to use the day to encourage hundreds more to get the shot. Company officials […]

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 […]

Washington Farm Economy Showing Signs Of Improvement

It appears that the Washington farm economy may be in a better place many anticipated, or feared, when the pandemic broke out back in March. Doug Seto with Central Machinery Sales in Pasco said the last couple of months have been very encouraging. “A lot better than what we anticipated back in March at the […]

DeHaan: Investors Hopeful To See Another Round Of Stimulus Soon

Oil Prices have dropped over the past week, but by a very small amount. In Monday’s action, West Texas Crude traded in the mid-$39 a barrel range, down just a little over a dollar from last week’s numbers. Patrick DeHaan said oil prices are holing steady because of conflicting information. On one side, you have […]

Lohmann: First Frost Of The Season Later Than Average

The first frost of the 2020 growing season is behind scheduled, a fact about which many won’t complain. Marilyn Lohmann with the National Weather Service said in a typical year, areas such as Yakima and Pullman would have already recorded overnight lows below 32 degrees. For the Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, NE Oregon, temperatures below freezing […]

Oil Prices Move Higher Despite President Trump COVID-19 Diagnosis

For the first time in several months, week-over-oil prices moved higher by a noticeable amount. Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy says oil prices started to rally late last week, softened on the word of President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, but continues to increase to start this workweek. West Texas Crude traded over $40 per barrel in Monday’s […]

Oil Prices Unmoved For Much of September

Oil prices seem to be stuck in a rut. For the past two-plus weeks, prices for West Texas Crude have hovered around the $40 per barrel mark, held in place by an uptick in coronavirus cases worldwide as well as additional shutdowns. That holding pattern has resulted in slight relief at the local diesel station. […]

DeHaan: Investors In A Holding Pattern Until Vaccination Is Developed

After a very slight rally in late July and early August, oil prices have returned to their downward trends. West Texas Crude was trading $37 per barrel in Monday’s action. Patrick DeHaan with Gasbuddy said a lack of optimism internationally has put a cap on prices in a variety of ways. And he doesn’t see […]