Author Archives: Trista Crossly

New feature helps produces find farm loans

From the Farm Service Agency A new online tool can help farmers and ranchers find information on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm loans that may best fit their operations. USDA has launched the new Farm Loan Discovery Tool as the newest feature on, the department’s self-service website for farmers. “Access to credit is critical in the agriculture industry, ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0714: Cherries, apricots, peaches and berries were harvested in Washington

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 6.9 days suitable the previous week. In Whitman County, weather stayed mild and boosted crop condition. In Walla Walla and Columbia counties, crop condition was good, and weather helped harvest commence for winter wheat. Many peas were harvested for forage. Winter wheat producers set harvest ... Read More »

APHIS update on GE wheat detection

On June 7, 2019, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that it was investigating a detection of genetically engineered (GE) wheat in an unplanted agricultural field in Washington state.  The GE wheat plants in question were resistant to the herbicide glyphosate. After a thorough fact finding effort, APHIS has determined through testing that the GE wheat plants ... Read More »

New WSU USDA-ARS research facility on the horizon

From Washington State University Collaborating on plans for a new U.S. Department of Agriculture research facility at Washington State University’s Pullman campus, Dean André-Denis Wright and program leaders in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) joined scientists from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) June 20 for a meeting and tour of their partnership’s cooperative research. Read ... Read More »

More to that ‘dam’ story than meets the eye

By Randy Suess Many people have done a fine job explaining why removing the lower Snake River dams would hurt our farm economy and really not accomplish the goal of restoring the number of Southern Resident Killer Whales (orcas). There are a couple of issues that I believe need to be covered to help people understand that we need those ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0707: Washington state stayed cool for summer weather

From NASS There were 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.6 days suitable the previous week. Mild temperatures and moderate precipitation across western Washington helped maintain good crop condition. Soil moisture still lagged behind previous years. In Clallam, Jefferson, King and Snohomish counties, temperatures held below average with light showers of rain. Ground moisture was ... Read More »

WAWG’s Year in Review 2018/19

This past year, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) dealt with a number of issues impacting growers, including passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, renewed attacks on the lower Snake River dams, retaliatory trade tariffs and more. Here’s a quick look at some of the issues agriculture dealt with, and how your WAWG leaders spent their time advocating for ... Read More »

Upcoming FSA dates and deadlines to keep in mind

June 3, 2019 – Continuous CRP and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) sign up starts. July 1 – September 30, 2019 – Producers with expiring general CRP contracts can request authority to destroy the CRP cover if the land will be returned to production in 2020. July 15, 2019 – Deadline to report 2018 crop year production for NAP covered ... Read More »

Crop progress report 06/30/19: Much needed rain helped prevent some deterioration of crop conditions

From NASS There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, equal to the days suitable the previous week. In Okanogan, Ferry and Douglas counties, spotty thunderstorms brought moisture to fields. Flash flooding occurred in Chelan County, with hail reported on the Waterville Plateau. However, no crop damage from hail was reported. Cherries suffered from rain damage in ... Read More »