Wheat crop is best in five years, expert says

Bill Bradshaw / freditor@postregister.com
Boyd Foster harvests soft white wheat July 29 on his farm north of Ririe. While some of the wheat crop in eastern Idaho has yet to be harvested, early signs are that yields will be high though the protein count may be lower than normal.

This year’s wheat harvest is looking good and area farmers are getting some great yields on fields already harvested or in process in the lower elevations.

Winners honored for new dairy products

Idaho Milk Processors Association new product development competition chair and dairyman Alan Reed (center) presents Cornell University food science students Belen Vila, Linran Wang, Michelle Duong, and Jiyu Zhu with a $10,000 check for their grand-prize winning idea — Yojito drinkable yogurt — at the 2016 IMPA annual meeting in Sun Valley Aug. 13.

SUN VALLEY— A collaborative effort by the University of Idaho and Washington State University took second prize in the 2016 Idaho Milk Processors Association new-product development competition Saturday.

Young wranglers turn out for 4-H Fair

Kathy Corgatelli NeVille / for Farm & Ranch
Shandell Carter ropes a steer at the Wind River Arena and Stables during the first day of the Bonneville County 4-H Fair on Aug. 5. Shandell is a member of the Snake River Ropers 4-H Club led by her dad, Tate Carter, of Idaho Falls.

Whether used for roping, pushing or sorting cattle, or pulling a cart, horses and the young wranglers who guide them took center stage during the first two days of the Bonneville County 4-H Fair.

Hay surpasses potatoes as Idaho’s top crop

Bill Bradshaw / freditor@postregister.com
Recently harvested alfalfa hay sits baled and stacked at a farm along 625 north just west of Roberts. Although much eastern Idaho hay is used or sold locally, much also is shipped to south-central Idaho to support Idaho's dairy industry, the No. 1 agricultural commodity.

The green fields springing out of the arid Bruneau Valley wouldn’t grow without irrigation. The area receives just 7 inches of precipitation a year, about half of Boise’s.

The man, the potato and a story with a twist

Bob Cowan was recently in Idaho Falls to visit old Idaho Falls High School classmates and brought along his book and this original curly fry maker, the idea from which came the automated curly fry equipment. Cowan had a long career in the frozen potato industry and helped pioneer the curly fry development and marketing, among other projects.

Bob Cowan has had an amazing life and while most people in eastern Idaho haven’t heard of him, every time someone eats a seasoned curly fry, they should thank him — they just don’t know it.

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