Author Archives: Trista Crossly

Crop progress 6/25: Heat causes a surge in growth

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent, very poor, 2 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 62 percent good and 19 percent excellent. A low temperature of 38 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 102 was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ... Read More »

Legislative update: Partial state government shutdown looms

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From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Last Wednesday, Gov. Inslee called a third special session for legislators to finalize a state operating budget for 2017-2019. If legislators do not agree on a budget that the governor will sign by midnight on June 30, there will a partial state government shutdown. When calling the third special session, the governor stated that he would ... Read More »

NAFTA renegotiation: What has happened and what are the next steps

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The first meeting between U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, Canadian Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Mexican Secretary Calzada took place June 19-20, in Savannah, Ga. The group released a joint statement following the meetings stressing the importance and the mutual benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As released in the statement, “We share a ... Read More »

Farm state senators to USTR: On NAFTA, do no harm

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From Farm Policy News The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing yesterday to examine the administration’s approach to trade policy and heard testimony from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Farm state lawmakers expressed concern regarding agriculture and NAFTA renegotiation, admonishing the executive branch to “do no harm” with respect to gains in agricultural trade that have resulted from the agreement. Timelines for ... Read More »

NAWG responds to Senate finance hearing examining the Administration’s top trade priorities

From NAWG Today, the Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing to discuss the Administration’s trade agenda and its FY18 budget request for the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Members heard testimony from USTR Robert Lighthizer who spoke on the Administration’s top trade priorities and defended the Administration’s FY18 budget request. National Association of Wheat Growers’ (NAWG) ... Read More »

Crop progress 6/18: Weather did little to hinder fruit

From NASS There were 6.0 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 9 percent fair, 61 percent good and 30 percent excellent. A low temperature of 35 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 88 was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ranged from 8 degrees below normal to ... Read More »

Debating crop insurance and commodity programs

From DTN A panel of two farm organization advocates and two analysts of the farm program discussed crop insurance and commodity title provisions in the 2014 farm bill and prospects for the next bill on earlier this week at a Capitol Hill seminar entitled “U.S. Agricultural Risk Policy: Debating the Status Quo,” sponsored by the Charles Koch Institute. The panel discussion ... Read More »

WSU publishes bulletin on wheat head armyworm complex

From smallgrains.wsu.edu A newly published Extension Bulletin, PNW696, is titled “Integrated Pest Management for the Wheat Head Armyworm Complex in the Pacific Northwest.” Since 2005, the wheat head armyworm has caused intermittent damage to wheat and barley crops in the region. The two insect species found responsible were initially dubbed the “true” and “false” wheat head armyworms. As these species are ... Read More »

Crop progress 6/11: Cooler weather arrived but did not stop work

From NASS There were 6.3 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent poor, 7 percent fair, 71 percent good and 21 percent excellent. A low temperature of 33 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 98 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ranged from 5 ... Read More »