In today’s Ag News Roundup, OSU debunks Christmas tree maintenance myths, state snowpack well below average, ranchers testing new wolf deterrent strategy, nutrient management grants issued by WSDA, and families paying more for this year’s Christmas trees.
OSU Debunks Christmas Tree Maintenance Myths
Everyone has their preferred methods of caring for and extending the life of their Christmas tree. Oregon State University Extension Service took a look at some of the more popular ideas in an effort to save people time and money this holiday season.
Washington State Snowpack Not at Average
According to the Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS), snowpack is at less than 50% of normal for this time of year. The hardest hit area is the Yakima basin, which is at 38% of average, while the Lower Snake basin is at 81%.
Wolf Deterrent Strategy to be Tested by Volunteer Ranchers
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that two eastern Oregon ranchers will be working with the department to test a new wolf deterrent strategy. The proposed idea was first put forward by a group of conservationists as well as area ranchers working together to find common ground and solutions to the ongoing wolf issue.
2018 Dairy Nutrient Management Grants Issued
The Washington State Department of Agriculture announced that eight water-quality grants would be issued this year. Those who have received the grants have already been notified. The grant funding comes from fines issued to dairies due to poor recordkeeping and improper manure management.
Higher Christmas Tree Prices Mark the Season
Consumers buying fresh Christmas trees are experiencing higher prices, according to the Washington Ag Network. Dry summers and an ongoing drought are blamed for the price increases, along with competition from Amazon.com.