Washington Agriculture http://kplu.org en State Officials Seize Cold Snap, Freeze Out Invasive Snails In Capitol Lake http://kplu.org/post/state-officials-seize-cold-snap-freeze-out-invasive-snails-capitol-lake <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A cold snap might be an effective tool for fish and wildlife managers trying to stop the spread of a tiny invasive species.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Capitol Lake in Olympia is serving as a testing ground for freezing out New Zealand mud snails.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 04:06:20 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 11753 at http://kplu.org State Officials Seize Cold Snap, Freeze Out Invasive Snails In Capitol Lake Northwest farmers plant wheat in dust, hope for rain http://kplu.org/post/northwest-farmers-plant-wheat-dust-hope-rain PROSSER, Wash. – Most of us may be enjoying the fall sunshine, but Northwest wheat farmers are instead wishing for a little rain.<p>Nicole Berg digs her clean-up-to-now nails into the dry crusty soil on her farm.<p>About four to five inches down, there still isn’t any hint of past rain.<p>A few farmers did get some showers. Despite high-tech forecasts, Berg says often knowing when to plant still comes down to a hunch, decades of experience and an old wheat farmer adage.<p>“On a good year, yes we’d be seeding right now," Berg says. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 16:43:05 +0000 Anna King 6593 at http://kplu.org Northwest farmers plant wheat in dust, hope for rain In Washington State, Picker Shortage Threatens Apple Boom http://kplu.org/post/washington-state-picker-shortage-threatens-apple-boom In western Michigan, there <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/09/17/161276597/shriveled-mich-apple-harvest-means-fewer-jobs-tough-year-ahead">aren't enough</a> apples to pick because bad weather decimated 85 to 90 percent of the crop. But Washington state has the opposite problem — there's an abundance of apples, but not enough pickers.<p>This should be the happiest, busiest time of year in Washington apple orchards. Wed, 03 Oct 2012 14:59:45 +0000 Anna King 6573 at http://kplu.org In Washington State, Picker Shortage Threatens Apple Boom