Dry conditions are coming earlier than usual in the Northwest
With all the warm spring weather, Washington and Oregon are now approaching what’s called “peak dryness.”
Spring push: Long cool spring, then record warmth sends Northwest farmers scrambling
Across the Northwest crops are late. Cool spring weather has held back asparagus, potatoes and alfalfa. Even tree fruit blooms were late to flush open. Then, record-warm weather hit.
Controversial mega-dairy and farm under fresh scrutiny by Oregon officials
At issue are fertilizer leaks at the former Lost Valley Farm. The Easterdays, who now own the site, say they’re not responsible.
Relentless wintry weather means tragedy for many cattle ranches across the West
During spring’s prime calving season, lots of newborn calves have been dying from the cold.
Calves born during Spring blizzards face an uphill battle
NW News Network correspondent Anna King joins Soundside host Libby Denkmann to talk about the newest issue troubling NW ranchers - Freezing temperatures well into Spring that kill calves before they're able to get up off the ground.
Spring killing: Smaller-than-a-penny Japanese beetle looms large for Northwest agriculture
As spring wakes up in Oregon and Washington, so do invasive Japanese beetles. Larvae living among the roots of neighborhood lawns become adults and get up to the surface – ready for a meal, some mating and egg laying.
A Northwest dryland wheat farmer looks to the sky, contemplates the coming harvest
Even with all the rain and snow in California this winter, it’s been pretty dry in our region, especially in much of eastern Oregon and parts of eastern Washington.For wheat farmers, that means there could be some nail-biting months ahead.Chris Herron owns an eight-square-mile dryland farm in north Franklin County, Washington. Correspondent Anna King spent the day with him and produced this audio postcard.This transcript has been condensed and edited for clarity.
Moving up the line: Northwest tribal women and girls gather wild celery amid challenges
Around this time each year, women and girls from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation gather wild celery. They say their ancestors come back through the plant, and the ceremonial dig marks the arrival of spring.
Soundside goes live: Behind the scenes of 'Ghost Herd'
All six episodes of the series are out now, and Soundside host Libby Denkmann caught up with host Anna King, and producer Matt Martin to talk about reporting on one of the biggest cattle swindles in U.S. history.
Part 6: The Reckonin'
Native Americans once owned these lands, and they still treat the Columbia Basin as their sacred home. We’ve all benefited from that taken land, but now corporations are the West’s new settlers. Meanwhile, Cody faces a federal judge and his tight-knit rural community. His sons start taking over what remains of the family’s vast operation and beat-up reputation.