Author Archives: Trista Crossly

Farmers frustrated by Trump trade tactics

From AgWeb Farmers across the country are bearing the burden of the tariffs put in place by President Donald Trump. This week at a congressional hearing, some of them shared concerns about the president’s trade tactics including the possibility for shrinking export markets, rising costs and bankers making lending more difficult. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

House sends farm bill to conference

From DTN The House yesterday passed by voice vote a motion to proceed to conference on the farm bill, which is numbered HR 2 and titled the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The House also passed a Democratic motion to instruct conferees to insist on 10-year permanent funding for an animal vaccine program. The House bill has permanent funding, but ... Read More »

As harvest gets underway, Northwest wheat crop looks ‘superb’

From the Capital Press Pacific Northwest wheat leaders says they are optimistic. Early reports indicate average yields or higher and slightly higher prices compared to last year. Read the rest of the story here. Read More »

Outlook ‘cautiously optimistic’ for low falling number wheat

From the Capital Press USDA research plant molecular geneticist Camille Steber says she is cautiously optimistic about the prospects of falling number in this year’s Pacific Northwest wheat crop. Steber is testing wheat samples for susceptibility to the starch damage problem. Falling number is a test that measures wheat quality. Low falling number is caused when the enzyme alpha amylase ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0716: Washington was parched

From NASS There were 6.9 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 3 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 49 percent good and 3 percent excellent. A low temperature of 42 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 107 degrees F was reported in ... Read More »

East comes West for harvest

Over the weekend, Josh Tonsager, National Association of Wheat Growers’ (NAWG) vice president of policy and communications, spent time down in Benton County with NAWG Secretary/Treasurer Nicole Berg helping out with wheat harvest. Josh also got a tour of the grain elevator and learned all about wheat grading, segregation, Pacific Northwest and U.S. transportation and how trade policy affects the ... Read More »

A primer on the China tariffs

Confused about what the Chinese tariff mean? Here’s a quick primer published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Read More »

Wheat yield gains stall (or making the case for more research funding)

From AgWeb.com Wheat ranks third among U.S. field crops in planted acreage, production and gross farm receipts, behind corn and soybeans. Production has, however, dropped off over the past decade. USDA estimates U.S. farmers planted 46 million acres to wheat for the 2017/18 growing season, down from 50 million in 2016/17 and over 63 million in 2008. In contrast, U.S. ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0709: Washington fires spared ag land while blights emerged in some areas

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 5 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 63 percent good and 4 percent excellent. A low temperature of 34 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 98 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide ... Read More »

WAWG’s year in review

A look back at the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) activities over the past 12 months… July 2017 Proving there’s never a bad time for advocacy, members of the WAWG leadership team make a midsummer trip to Washington, D.C., to lobby on issues important to wheat growers. The group, which includes Michelle Hennings, WAWG executive director; Marci Green, WAWG ... Read More »