In today’s Ag News Roundup, landowners in Skagit County able to charge elk hunters, soil temperatures best indicator for garden planning, New Zealand uses robots to harvest apples, wolves attack livestock in Baker County, and necessary forest thinning planned in Mt. Hood National Forest.
Deal Made Concerning Skagit County Elk
In a deal between the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Skagit County, farmers will have the right to choose who hunts for elk on their land and how much they will pay. The move is hoped to improve relations between landowners and the state department, as well as compensate landowners for their time and trouble.
Plant Vegetables According to Soil Temperatures
The Oregon State University Extension Service has shared some valuable information with the general public regarding spring garden planting and soil temperatures. The information pertains directly with most of Oregon, but can be attributed to regions of Washington as well.
New Zealand Employs First Robotic Apple Harvest
The apple industry in New Zealand has attempted a world first, using robots to harvest one of the country’s largest orchards. The devices are hoped to help save millions in labor costs. The robotic harvester was manufactured in California.
Wolves Blamed for Livestock Attack in Baker County
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has confirmed that a cow was injured in Baker County by a pack of wolves. The attack happened on private land. The animal was euthanized due to its injuries. The ODFW is further investigating the incident.
Oregon Thinning Project Said to Benefit Forests
The U.S. Forest Services is defending the necessity to thin some 11,700 acres of the Mt. Hood National Forest. Environmental groups plan to attempt to block the thinning project.