August 16, 2017

Wheat harvest numbers holding strong at midpoint

Harvest report

Combines roll to a field to continue harvest near Kamiak Butte Monday. Whitman County grows 26 percent of Washington’s annual wheat crop. By Garth Meyer Gazette Reporter

Harvest 2017 is at its halfway point and the numbers coming from area grain elevators to the United States Department of Agriculture are looking good. The USDA’s projections for Washington state wheat as of Aug. 10 show an overall prediction for the year at 141 million bushels, down from a near-record 157 million in 2016. The five-year average is 133 million. The statewide winter wheat projection is at 71 bushels per acre and spring wheat at 46 per acre. “Winter wheat has been phenomenal,” said Mike Pumphrey, associate professor and spring wheat breeder at WSU.

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Lentil Festival starts Friday

By Kara McMurray Gazette Reporter

Pullman’s 29th annual National Lentil Festival will get underway tomorrow with the world’s largest bowl of lentil chili arriving at Reaney Park at 5 p.m. Friday’s lineup includes the free lentil chili plus a beer and wine garden near Spring Street. The food and marketplace vendors will also open at 5 p.m., along with the Lentil Land kid’s area and the garbanzo garden sponsored by Hinrichs Trading Company. ZFun 106 will be on the main stage starting at 5 p.m. with music and trivia, and live entertainment begins at 6:15 with Mother Yeti. Adrian Xavier will follow at 7 p.m., the Shook Twins will hit the stage at 7:45 p.m. and Magic Giant will close out the night at 9 p.m.

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Farmington overlay project bid accepted

By Kara McMurray Gazette Reporter

The Board of County Commissioners Monday morning accepted a bid for Central Washington Asphalt of Moses Lake to complete an overlay project on Farmington Road. The project was approved last November and will include a hot asphalt mix overlay for five miles of Farmington Road north to the Warner Road intersection. The accepted bid came at approximately $979,750. The state’s Rural Arterial Program is contributing $750,000 to the project.

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