Ag News Roundup for May 24, 2020
In today’s Ag News Roundup, Yakima Basin irrigation may experience limitations, online resources available for local growers, Asian giant hornets a concern for ag but not necessarily the public, questions and answers still available from expert growers, and the story of processed flavor.
Yakima Basin Irrigation May be Impacted by Dry Spring
According to the Washington Ag Network, junior water rights holders in the Yakima Basic may see irrigation limitations due to dry conditions in March and April. Spokespersons with the Yakima Project River Operations stated this year has seen the fourth lowest precipitation in over 100 years.
Online Resources Available for Locally Grown Food
Oregon State University Extension Service and some local online resources are working to promote growers and producers. Oregon’s Lincoln County was one of the first to receive the support amid the pandemic.
WSDA Says Asian Giant Hornets an Ag Concern
While experts say the term murder hornet is not accurate, those with the Washington State Department of Agriculture state that the Asian Giant Hornet does pose a threat to agriculture. The invasive species was first discovered in the northwest corner of the state in late 2019.
Gardening Experts Answer Questions Amid Pandemic
Oregon State University Extension Service and its Master Gardeners are continuing to answer public questions about edible gardening during the COVID-19 pandemic. Questions can be sent via email, relayed over the phone, or sent over the internet. Additionally, some self-guided courses are being offered online.
The Story of Flavor and Agriculture
The Capital Press has shared a story about how the search for certain flavors has impacted and changed the ag industry over the decades.